Courting – New Last Name [Streaming]

Recently the British band Courting dropped their second full-length album called New Last Name via Lower Third which is a subsidiary of PIAS.
This album is blend of spastic high energetic indie alt-rock garage guitar music that has retro Bloc Party vibe.

About the album by Courting:
‘New Last Name’. A listen unshackled from their post-punk foundations, the record once again subverts the idea of genre and paints a much bigger picture.
Brimming with nuance and pop culture references, the only constant is that the Liverpool group maintain their irrepressible sense of abandon.

It’s perhaps natural then, that the cliche of a tricky second never came into the picture.
Going into the writing process before ‘Guitar Music’ was even announced, it’s an album that evokes the care-free spirit of a band on top of the world. “We just didn’t think about it,” explains Murphy-O’Neill. “Our idea was to keep the iron hot and write what comes to us.”

The results are as thrilling as they are rewarding. From the funk-pop guitars in ‘We Look Good Together’ through to the baroque strings in ‘Flex’ or even the country-tinged stylings of ‘Babys’, it would be an understatement to call ‘New Last Name’ adventurous. That’s all before you even come onto the drum and bass drumming of the vibrant and vital ‘Happy Endings’.

Vitally, on ‘New Last Name’, Courting deliver the songs to back up their tongue-in-cheek humour. A master of world building, Murphy-O’Neill dispatches some of his best lyricism to date on the likes of ‘America’, which rushes the listener into an era instantly with cult references, including the American sitcom friends or even weapons on the gaming franchise Halo.

Where its predecessor flickered brilliantly and dramatically between worlds, ‘New Last Name’ feels like a cohesive body of work while still transcending genre. “We didn’t want to write an album that was confined to one sound,” says Thomas. “We pulled from so many influences, we never want to restrict ourselves, both albums represent a complete freedom in what we write.”

Murphy O’Neill highlights the pop-punk indebted ‘Throw’ as a clear example of the band indulging guilty pleasures. “There’s a plot twist there, it’s a straight-up rock song for the first two minutes then out of nowhere the volume goes up and it drops into this ridiculous pop punk riff. It’s shamelessly fun. It’s about striking a balance between being clever and using something in the song as relief.”

When it came to never losing sight of the song amidst their own ambitious artistry, working with indie heroes The Cribs in the studio came as a guiding light for the band. Speaking on their legacy and influence, Murphy-O’Neill says, “They’ve always been interesting and artistic but also understand the importance of a good chorus. We kind of bonded over that exact thing, like how do we make these good pop songs that are also interesting and weird?”

‘New Last Name’ is a record as ambitious thematically as it is sonically – but as its title suggests, it hints at new beginnings. “It’s a theatrical play within an album,” explains Murphy O’Neill. “There’s a lot going on. It can be simply enjoyed as an album – but in the lyric booklet, we’ve included characters, and stage directions. The listeners can decide on the narrative themselves, but we want them to get lost in it.”

Judging by the way Courting fans have already taken the new material to heart in packed festival tents across the country, this album has all the makings to seal their status as giants of the game. “When we played ‘Flex’ live this summer, everyone was already singing the words back to us,” says Thomas. “It was one of those moments where you can’t help but smile. We’re so proud of this album, it just hits every time.”

New Last Name gets: 📷📷📷📷📷📷📷/10.