If you want to know what hard work, relentless energy, and slick attitude looks like; you should watch Courts live. This Essex-based band have been refining their alternative/funk sound since 2009 (with members Reece and Luke joining in 2012), and celebrated their recent successes (numerous features in NME, plays on Radio 1, and a session at Sofar Sounds) with a sold out show at Southend’s top live venue.
400 fans cheered as Courts took to the stage, and opened their set with ‘Glass Half Empty’. Their sharp lyricism is balanced by their smooth, intoxicating rhythms, and this was best demonstrated on Friday during tracks ‘Part Of’, and the gloriously trippy ‘Wanna Be High’. Latest single ‘No Lie’ was received by fans with equal zeal, and the guitar solo before the penultimate chorus in ‘Sanatana’ went down a treat, too.
They’re probably tired of hearing it, but NME accurately dubbed Courts’ sound as “what 2016 should feel like”, and watching fans at Chinnerys sway and sing along to the band’s perfectly paced, standout, shiny tunes is further proof they’ve got what it takes to secure the attention of large crowds, which is handy, really; they’re headlining KOKO on the 3rd of June.
Support came from Eden Royals and Wayde
You can purchase tickets for Courts’ show at KOKO, here.