Liverpool four-piece Courting have shared their thrilling new single, ‘Grand National’, which is as titillating as we’ve come to expect from the group.
The latest effort is the titular track from their forthcoming debut EP, which arrives on April 9th via Nice Swan Recordings. The single follows from where raucous and angst-filled previous singles, ‘Popshop!’ and ‘David Byrne’s Badside’ leave off. Courting have become experts at tongue-in-cheek filled anthems that point fingers at society’s ills without ever veering into the ghastly preachy or sanctimonious territory.
In the second verse, frontman Sean Murphy-O’Neill lets rip at the mundanity of cul-de-sac British life which Courting are here to tear up as he howls: “Wе all gather on our artificial lawns, Discussing chemtrails and the problems at our schools, It’s not my fault, you can’t tell me that I’m wrong, Well I don’t care for anything apart from my returns, And if I bet my 401k, what’s the harm? Got to tuck my kid in my new five bedroom home, Don’t wanna hear you complain about your loans, You’re just not qualified.”
Frontman Sean Murphy-O’Neill says of the track, “‘Grand National’ is our best and last look at Middle England. Parents evenings, horse racing, and watching the chemtrails from lawns lined with astroturf. Cowbell-tinged. 100gecs referencing. Feedbacking. Huge.”
If ‘Grand National’ and ‘Popshop’ are anything to judge Courting by, then their debut EP is one that you can’t afford to miss. There’s no reason why these four Scousers can’t follow the same trajectory as Nice Swan alumni Sports Team and go on to become a real force to be reckoned with. Take a deep breath and prepare yourself to be raptured by the ‘Grand National’.
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