“I really wanna go back, back to…” the night Courts headlined KOKO, and proved they’re one of the most energetic, exciting bands on the live circuit right now. Seven years of writing, rehearsing, and self belief continue to pay off for this alternative five-piece from Basildon, who blur musical genres with their soulful, indie funk sound.
In a backstage interview with Gigslutz in May, guitarist Reece explained the significance of a headline slot at Camden’s KOKO for both himself and the band. Less than a month later, the Courts boys made the famous stage look like a second home, performing with the ease and professionalism of the established acts who’ve preceded them.
The band have received support from major music publications in the last six months, and it was under the banner of Club NME that Courts kicked things off on Friday night. Starting with razor-sharp single ‘Glass Half Empty’, they blazed through older tracks ‘Part Of’ and the essential summer anthem, ‘Wanna Be High’. The combination of keys and guitar on ‘Sanatana’ continue to translate perfectly live, and front-man Chris’ vocals were particularly impressive on this track.
Throughout the crowd, loyal fans mouthed the band’s lyrics word-for-word, whilst newcomers let the hooks and choruses of latest single ‘No Lie’ become embedded in their listening memory. I’m running out of ways to tell you how dedicated, driven, and decent Courts are, but if you saw them on Friday night in Camden; you’ll know this already.
Support came from Isle