Outside The Finsbury on Saturday night, bleak winter winds ravaged the faces of smokers who’d nipped out for a nicotine fix in between pints. Inside the venue – smoke machines provided a similar visual effect – but the temperature was entirely different; Courts were playing a headline slot, and their sound warmed the crowd like hazy, effervescent sunbeams.
Recently interviewed by NME, and coolly described as an “agitated-sounding indie band” by Elton John (The Guardian), this alternative five-piece drew an impressive audience who were grateful for the opportunity to see the exciting new band for free, in a small venue. The packed out back room swayed jovially to Courts’ slick accessible tracks, including the absolute tune that is ‘Sanatana’, taken from the EP of the same name. Singer Chris’ vocals brimmed with attitude on new single ‘Glass Half Empty’ – “Excuse me we’re coming through so move, and get to the back of the queue…” – an apt lyric for a band who formed and forged their way out of the small town of Basildon, Essex. Through hard work, sophisticated recordings, and regular live appearances, Courts have found their way in to London’s music circles; but their successes and eager audiences have yet to alter the band’s laid back approach to performing. They’re sound in every sense of the word, and kindly dedicated their final track to their mate, Levi.
Courts’ gig at The Finsbury was smoother than an ice cold beer on a sultry, Sunday afternoon. With celebrity endorsements and quality live performances, it’s clear their tunes will be scoring your late night illicit behaviours this coming Summer. They’re cripplingly cool, so sort yourself out and get down to one of their live shows, ASAP.
Support came from the unusual, but intriguing Love Camp.