One of the more interesting aspects of the current lockdown situation is that it has meant technology has come into its own. And none more so than allowing us to connect remotely. Bands have realised that social media is replacing touring for the moment and songs are being launched online and gigs are being streamed. Which leads me nicely onto Liverpool-based Courting. I found myself in a Twitter exchange with them during their last minute Listening Party they threw on Sunday night in celebration of their current single "Popshop!"
Their previous single "David Byrne's Badside" got airplay on BBC Radio 6 Music as well as others. Point to note - it has nothing to do with the great man himself but everything to do with class tourism and casual racism in Britain. Current single "Popshop!" continues Courting's energetic and tongue-in-cheek approach but with an underlying message. The twanging, funky guitar and razor-sharp lyrics decry bemusement about the commodification of the music industry. It is a short, sharp blast of energy but the delivery is tight. There is humour and wry observation of the industry they no doubt love. Fans of Parquet Courts and Pottery will love this version of guitar music. Lead singer and guitarist Sean Murphy O'Neill states that the track title is derived by Keith Haring's shop of the same name. The rest of the band is Sean Thomas (Drums/vocals), Michael Downes (Guitar) and Sam Brennan (Bass) and currently they write and rehearse in the basement of a Liverpool restaurant. Let’s hope that the next tracks are a little longer so they can fulfil their dream of having a Tims Twitter Listening Party!
Check out the video for the latest single here: