SINGLE REVIEW: Courtyards – ‘Colours’


Indie does really come in a huge range of flavours. Courtyards’ take, at least on this single, is mostly bloody loud, it’s bloody raucous and dirty. It kinda edges into garage, it’s that raw. But it has that soaring indie thing going on, it’s there, it’s beneath the surface of the thing, but it’s there. It’s in the quieter bits that are just so lovely, that’s the only way of describing them.

But listen closely and you realise that this is a band that know how to play, they meld the quieter fluid sections into the louder, dirtier, raw bits with what I can only describe as consummate skill. And I have developed a particular thing about the vocals on this track – they are kinda punky in the loud sections and really smooth and pure in the quieter sections.

About the only criticism I can put my finger on is that it’s too short, it thrills you for 2 minutes 46 seconds and then it’s gone. The only solution is to put it on repeat. This is just wonderful.

The info

Courtyards’ sound is drenched in a wall of dirty, reverb-soaked indie rock centered around delivering consistent euphoric hooks and creating an immersive atmosphere. Their diverse tracks range from brooding basslines and lustrous vocals to epic guitar anthems fused with summer melancholy.

The 4-piece hail from Greater Manchester, Cumbria & Darlington but met at university in Huddersfield.

Courtyards have consistently received extensive support from BBC Introducing with each release since their debut in 2016, and latest 2018’s single ‘Backseat’ proved no different, with multiple plays from BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio alike.

With appearances in 2018 at Live at Leeds, Blackthorn & the Alternative Escape festivals, Courtyards continued to have an electric summer touring up & down the country, impressing crowds and proving they are “ready for the step to festival main stages” – The Emergence.

Matt Riley (Lead Vocals, Guitar)
Lou Taylor (Bass, Keyboard)
Callum Usher (Guitar, Vocals)
Luke Allcock (Drums, Vocals)

Upcoming gigs

Friday, 15 March 2019 from 19:30-22:30
The Parish, 28 Kirkgate, HD1 1QQ Huddersfield

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