One of the new generations of Liverpool bands influenced more by the likes of Television and Talking Heads than by a certain set four of scouse mop tops. In fact, Courting’s first single was called ‘David Byrne’s Bad Side’ but apparently it wasn’t about the Talking Head’s polymath and singer. It’s more about being polite but also very rude and scathing to bigots with petty prejudices that hide behind their curtains. Edgy and discordant Courting make a refreshing change from the jangly guitars and long hair of scally-delia. No psychedelic sea shanties here.
Roger Eagle, the legendary promoter from Erics in Liverpool once told a young punk Jayne Casey from Pink Military to destroy her Beatles records as you won’t get anywhere comparing yourself to them. Of course, he was being flippant but what he meant was the Beatles have had such a hold over so many Liverpool bands from the 60’s to the present day that it’ great when bands develop a sound that has different influences. They’ve been well supported by the likes of Annie Mac on Radio 1 and Steve Lamacq on 6 music and Courting are part of the new breed of Liverpool bands daring to be climb out of their box and see what’s out there and see what they can change with their angular music.