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Liverpool four-piece Courting are set to follow up breakthrough singles ‘Football’, ‘David Byrne’s Badside’ and ‘Not Yr Man’ with a new EP via renowned indie label Nice Swan Records. ‘Popshop!’, a short, fast paced song, with lyrics offering wry bemusement about the commodification of music. They’re a blistering, fast-rising four-piece from Liverpool capable of taking on the world 

Sharp-witted frontman Sean Murphy-O’Neill — who, remarkably, is still in college; the band are all 18 or 19-years-old offers his break down of the track:
“​Popshop” is about the music industry, the idea of selling out and consumerism. The name is derived from Keith Haring’s store of the same name, and the idea that it is positive for your art to be consumed by a larger audience rather than only seen as something for upper class art collectors or something to buy for its future resale value. We’re also poking fun at bands writing the same song over and over again, and wishing that we could sell our bathwater like Belle Delphine.”

The guitar-driven music underpinning the lyrics, meanwhile, benefits from the tightness you get when a band is living out of each other’s pockets. Just as adept at belligerently shreddy wig-outs reminiscent of Parquet Courts’ crankier bits as they are at ramming the hook home with an unforgettable riff – there’s a lot to endear to.

With their releases now becoming more substantial and their live reputation catching on through word of mouth, the future is looking even brighter for Liverpool’s most exciting new band. Courting, like Sports Team before them, are well on their way to the forefront of this new wave of Britpop and set to gatecrash the charts.

Courting are: Sean Murphy-O’Neill (Guitar/Vocals/Cowbell) Sean Thomas (Drums/Vocals)
Michael Downes (Guitar) Sam Brennan (Bass)

Their debut EP Grand National is out in 2021 via released on Nice Swan Records

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Liverpool four-piece Courting are part of a new wave of bands spearheading the Britpop revival. I’ll confess, I LOVE Courting, in fact, I am actually have a tee with their logo emblazoned on the front. Yeah, yeah, I know I’m probably supposed to be impartial, but these guys have real talent and they’re doing it the right way, whatever that is. Their last single, David Bryne’s Badside, was a and subsequently they made the 6 Music playlist, being championed heavily by Steve Lamacq. 

Previously four, Courting are now a five-piece from Liverpool signed to Nice Swan Records, describing themselves on Bandcamp as a Take That cover band. They’ve just announced an EP, Grand National, to be released in April. Like all music artists this year, they’ve suffered a severe lack of exposure due to covid restrictions, missing out on Glastonbury, but I feel once these guys get back on the road again they’ll be an unstoppable force.

Finalists in Glastonbury’s Emerging Talent competition 2020, the quartet draw influence from the likes of Parquet Courts, Pavement and LCD Soundsystem whilst maintaining a very British identity.

David Byrne’s Badside was released back in May to critical acclaim and sees the band taking the mick out of modern-day Britain with razor-sharp wit.

Speaking on the single, lead singer and guitarist Sean says: ‘David Byrne’s Badside has nothing to do with the Talking Heads frontman. It’s about class tourism and the casual racism that exists in Britain today. It’s a portrait of the type of person who votes UKIP and wants to close our borders yet promises they’re not a racist. The type of person who says to buy British yet owns a Porsche.

Courting…who are they? a blistering, fast-rising four-piece from Liverpool capable of taking on the world in the next 12 months. Their brand of tight but scrappy post-punk is reminiscent of Light Up Gold-era Parquet Courts but where they really shine is their unabashed, tongue-in-cheek lyricism that takes aim at the British way of life, delivered with a fun dose of self-deprecating humour by frontman Sean Murphy-O’Neill.

Their debut EP Grand National is out in 2021 David Byrne’s Badside · Courting on Nice Swan Records Released on: 2020-05-15