The Courtneys drift back to the sound of the early ’90s, drawing from strong influences includingTeenage Fanclub, Pavement, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, andThe Clean.
Courtney Loove's dreamy guitar riffs add a timeless powerpop element to the punk backbone formed by Sydney Koke's driving basslines, while drummer/lead singer Jen Twynn Payne delivers heartfelt lyrics with a powerful vocal style. These components come together through a passionate collaborative songwriting process to deliver a special blend of fuzzy “artisanal grunge”.
The firstCourtneys album (self titled) came out in 2013 on small independent label, Hockey Dad Records, based in the band’s hometown of Vancouver, BC, Canada. They have since worked with a number of independent labels including Conquest of Noise in Australia and Waterslide Records in Japan, as well as Burger Records and Gnar tapes in the USA. They have released a number of singles and music videos, and toured throughout Canada and the USA, including spots supportingTegan and Sara andMac Demarco.
In 2015 The Courtneys made their way to Australia and New Zealand, where they were hosted byFlying Nun Records. Influenced by the legendary label from early on, the group are honored to now be able to call it their home.
"the perfect all-summer-long mini-album" - Rookie
"alive with fuzzed-up jangle and artful pop that makes for both good daytime listening and solitary nighttime repeat play" - Rookie
"The Courtneys are a feel-good band that sounds a little like Grass Widow and a little like Fly Nun" - Noisey
"The Vancouver post-punk trio takes cues from the Dunedin jangle-pop sound of 80s and 90s Flying Nun bands, and at times its ramshackle aesthetic and subtle punk spirit recall the more deadpan corners of early UK indie pop" - Pitchfork