In a couple of weeks indie five-piece Courts play one of their biggest headline shows to date at The Victoria in London. At just a stone’s throw away from hometown Basildon, it’s a far cry from Leeds’ snug Lending Room on a nippy Thursday night.
You’d be easily fooled into donning your daisy crowns and sunnies as soon as the springy riff of ‘Glass Half Empty’ kicks Courts back into action after a smattering of festivals over summer. Zane Lowe’s last ever Hottest Record In The World, ‘Part Of’, still burns brightly with Chris Moody’s quick wit vocals.
‘Wanna Be High’ brings the crowd crashing back down to reality though with Courts’ yearnings to turn a two-date stint into a full blown tour, and all signs point to just that. New tunes cover funky bass lines and bongo fuelled soul sing-a-longs that wouldn’t be found out of place outside the Maracana. Latest track ‘No Lie’ continues the rush of intertwining jumpy riffs often masking Moody’s brutally honest Mark Skinner-esque bars: “Don’t like work no never in the mood ‘cos I’ve got too much faith in the debut.”
Finishing on the woozy ‘Santana’, Courts are doing all the right things to push that debut album even closer.