Liverpool four-piece Courting release their critically acclaimed new album New Last Name. To mark the album’s release the band have shared a new song titled "The Wedding" and have announced details of a new hometown headline show (with support from FEET) at The Hanger, Liverpool on May 24th. Having sold out their last hometown show within just ten minutes of announcement, and with it following their forthcoming EU / UK tour, the performance promises to be one to remember. Tickets are on sale now.
The new album follows the band’s 2023 return and was recorded in collaboration with indie heroes Gary and Ryan Jarman of The Cribs, who worked closely with the band on production duties for a number of tracks. Lauded London duo Sabrina The Teenage DJ also lent their production skills to Courting’s recent single "We Look Good Together (Big Words)", which was announced earlier this month.
New Last Name is an album as adventurous thematically as it is sonically - but as its title suggests, it hints at new beginnings. "It’s a theatrical play within an album," explains frontman Sean Murphy O’Neill. "There’s a lot going on. It can be simply enjoyed as an album, but there are characters, acts, stage directions etc. The listeners can decide on the narrative themselves, but we want them to get lost in."
From the baroque strings in "Flex" or even the country-tinged stylings of "Babys", it would be an understatement to call the new album adventurous. That’s all before you even come onto the drum and bass drumming of the vibrant and vital "Happy Endings". Brimming with nuance and pop culture references, the only constant is that the Liverpool group maintain their irrepressible sense of abandon.
That play goes on the road next month, with the band also having announced a new run of EU / UK tour dates. The band recently announced their tour supports for these dates which include Cosmorat, Flat Party, Duvet, Saloon Dion, and Sterling Press. Having cemented themselves as a must-see live act, Courting toured as main support for Circa Waves last year and toured Guitar Music extensively last Autumn as well as performing at multiple summer festivals including Reading & Leeds Festival, Wide Eyed Festival, Latitude, Truck Festival, Live At Leeds, Community Festival, and The Great Escape. They also came together earlier this year for "The Wedding"– a hometown wedding-themed show which saw the band unveil new material for the first time.