Courting are fast becoming one of those names that are being talked about in all the right places, Getintothis’ Steven Doherty finds out all about them.
Courting are a band that have been on our radar for a long while now, and are now capturing the attention of the wider world.
Originally formed at school in October 2018, they have been hard at it, working through the levels of the Liverpool scene since then.
First release Not Yr Man enjoyed a large amount of Spotify spins, but their reputation has ballooned with the release of their recent sophomore single, the two minute bundle of indie flavoured joy, Football.
They describe the song as being about “people living out their football dreams through their kids and pushing them into it for the money, and how important football is in British culture.”
It seems to have struck a chord with the public as it has already received airplay on both Radio 1 and 6 Music and has led to the band having an already announced slot at this year’s Sound City.
Before that though, they have their own headline show at Phase One on March 28, which follows on from their recent support slots with such luminaries as FEET, Heavy Lungs and a riotous set with Sports Team at Arts Club.
Ahead of this, we caught up with them to ask them our 13 questions.
1. Where are you, what are you doing, and how’s it working out for you?
“We are currently underground, under the Baltic Social (like moles) practicing for our next run of shows, and without being cocky, we think it’s going pretty well.”
2. What’s your favourite venue?
“In Liverpool, our favourite venue is probably Phase One or Sound, in Manchester, we love Rebellion and YES. I’d particularly love to play the Pink Room there just because it looks great.”
3. What was your first gig you went to?
(Sean) “Olly Murs”
(Sam) “Jessie J”
(Sean) “30 Seconds To Mars”
(Michael) “Parquet Courts”
4. What’s your death row meal?
(Sean) “Unlimited breadsticks so I can sustain myself forever and never die.”
(Michael) “Unicorn meat, which they couldn’t find so I too could never die.”
(Sean) “Monkey brain from Temple of Doom.”
(Sam) “One Cumin Seed.”
5. Apart from yourself, who’s the next big thing?
“Some bands we think should be big:
Black Country New Road, Squid, Sports Team, FEET, Heavy Lungs, Do Nothing, Sapphire Blues, Monks, Horsey, Willie J Healey, UGLY, Decay, Football FC, Sorry and Hotel Lux. There are loads more we could mention, we’re sorry to anyone we didn’t.”
6. What’s the worst gig you’ve ever done?
“It’s the below link, the Annabel Allum gig.”
“We’d like to bask in the fact that we have continued to bother Getintothis’ for over a year now, thank you.”
7. When did you last shout at the TV?
“On a serious note, when we saw the exit polls.
On a more serious note, anytime someone takes the low offer on The Chase. You’re better than that. Have some self belief. At least go for the middle option.”
8. What’s your favourite cartoon character?
“The Fish from SpongeBob Squarepants that shouts “Hoopla!”. And gets bricked.”
9. Who is the best or worst ‘celebrity’ you’ve met?
(Sean) “Marti Pellow once gave me a piggyback.”
(Sean) “I bonded with Nathan from Microwave about both having a stammer.”
10. What’s the first record you bought with your own money?
(Sean) “Cheryl Cole”
(Sean) “Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory. Sadly the other two band members do not own CD’s.”
11. Tell us a secret?
(Sean) “It IS Maybelline.”
(Sean) “Not Yr Man was ghost-written by Chris Martin.”
12. What’s the greatest chocolate bar and why?
(Sean) “I love Star Bars. Right, it’s not rectangular, it’s circular, it’s got two layers, a caramel layer and a chocolate layer.
But it’s NOT a Mars Bar, it’s got nuts and a good centre and that’s why Star Bar is the best chocolate bar.”
(Michael) “I agree”
13. Thanks for answering our questions, do you have anything else you’d like to say?
“Please come and see us live if you have the chance. We promise an immersive cowbell experience.”