The Courtneys are a slacker pop trio from Vancouver. They are Jen Twynn Payne (aka “Cute Courtney”) on lead vocals and drums, Sydney Koke (aka “Crazy Courtney”) on bass and vocals, and Courtney Loove (aka “Classic Courtney”) on guitar and vocals. They say they’re influenced by the likes of Pavement, Dinosaur Jr, Teenage Fanclub, and other noisy slacker pop bands who made a lot of hay in the 1990s. Because they’re from Vancouver and because they’re all girls, it’s a common thing for people to throw them in with some of the riot grrrl stuff from Washington State in the 90s. Stuff like Bikini Kill and Bratmobile. That’s all great stuff, and it’s always a good thing to be mentioned in the same breath with the amazing Kathleen Hanna, but they swear that they’re much more influenced by those bands with boys in them.
They put out a well-received self-titled record in 2013 on Hockey Dad Records. Since then, they’ve been signed to the influential New Zealand indie label Flying Nun Records. In fact, The Courtneys were the first non-Kiwi band to be signed to the illustrious label.
It was recently announced that The Courtneys will be releasing their sophomore long player The Courtneys II on February 17. I’ve heard a few songs from it, and I like it a lot. I got an email that was specifically about a different one of the new songs, but tonight’s song is the first song on the new album. This is that song:
“Silver Velvet” by The Courtneys
I love the vocal melodies. I love the punky, poppy, super bouncy feel of it. I’m reminded a bit of some other girl pop-punk stuff like Alvvays, but I can definitely hear just a little bit of that Dinosaur Jr and Pavement influence. Specifically, the instrumental bit after the second chorus. That guitar bit in there reminds me of those guys.
You can also view a video for the song:
The best part is that The Courtneys will be going on tour this spring with the sensational Jay Som. Jay Som has a highly anticipated new record coming out in March. That tour looks pretty amazing. Unfortunately, it’s not coming very close to me.
You can pre-order The Courtneys II here. It’ll be out a month from today.