The Courtneys ‎– II - 2017 Vancouver BC Indie Rock - Sealed LP

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The Courtneys ‎– II

Flying Nun Records ‎– FN570LP, Flying Nun Records ‎– FN-LP570
Vinyl, LP, Album
USA & Canada
17 Feb 2017
Indie Rock, Rock & Roll, Pop Rock, Punk, Power Pop


A1 Silver Velvet 3:00
A2 Country Song 4:00
A3 Minnesota 3:40
A4 Tour 3:57
A5 Lost Boys 7:00

B1 Virgo 2:54
B2 25 3:15
B3 Iron Deficiency 3:33
B4 Mars Attacks 3:13
B5 Frankie 4:25

Companies, etc.

Phonographic Copyright (p) – The Courtneys
Copyright (c) – The Courtneys
Licensed To – Flying Nun Records
Distributed By – SC Distribution
Distributed By – Flying Out
Recorded At – The Noise Floor Recording Studio
Mastered At – Gigantic Mastering

Band [The Courtneys Are] – Courtney Loove, Jen Twynn Payne, Sydney Koke
Bass, Vocals – Sydney Koke
Guitar, Vocals – Courtney Loove
Lead Vocals, Drums – Jen Twynn Payne
Mastered By – Michael Schoonmaker*
Mixed By – Vince Casamatta
Photography By – Andrew Volk
Recorded By – Jordan Koop
Songwriter, Producer – The Courtneys

Includes a lyric poster and download card.

Recorded at The Noise Floor [...]

℗ & © 2016 The Courtneys. Under Exclusive License to Flying Nun Records
Distributed by Secretly Canadian
Distributed in Australia and New Zealand by Flying Out
Barcode and Other Identifiers

Barcode (Sticker): 9 42190 36333 9
Matrix / Runout (Side A / Etched): FN570A SG
Matrix / Runout (Side B / Etched): FN570B SG

( pitchfork) "

Vancouver’s the Courtneys capture the shambolic spirt of New Zealand bands like the Clean and write effortlessly catchy songs about heartache and longing.



The Courtneys are charmingly droll. The Vancouver trio includes but one Courtney, née Courtney Garvin, who rips vivid fuzz-guitar riffs alongside bassist Sydney Koke and singer/drummer Jen Twynn Payne. Their music—a bit gray, slightly lopsided—recalls velvety 1980s kiwi acts such as the Clean and Look Blue Go Purple. Crucially, though, the Courtneys bust out of the ramshackle Dunedin sound with bold, driving arrangements and thrilling pop sense. They have covered U2’s “I Will Follow” live and mention the influence of Teenage Fanclub and Big Star. Accordingly, the Courtneys feel like a punkish band with clearly-outlined emotions and a cheekily arena-rock spirit. On their supremely catchy second album, II, they lock into a real groove. They tactfully pair simplicity and strength. They make sad songs sound like a blast.

Something about the presence of a singer/drummer always communicates a discernible vulnerability. It emphasizes just how badly this person wants a voice—enough to carry both a tune and a beat—and turns a song into an act of conviction. To a degree, this amplifies the reaching emotionality of II. Singing in her endearingly nasal tone across the album, Payne is—to borrow a phrase from That Dog—totally crushed out.

Payne has said II is “75% about crushes,” which feels like a modest appraisal. Though there are more oblique songs about iron deficiency, the movie Lost Boys, a distant Virgo, and alien abduction, the bulk of II is about longing—the harshest emotion. “Can’t get you out of my head/Even through the miles,” Payne sings wistfully on “Silver Velvet.” It feels like driving into a sunset, and the bubblegum sentiment at its heart (“And nothing you say!/And nothing you do!/Can stop me from thinkin’ about you!”) sounds squarely fit to be shouted into hairbrush-microphones everywhere. Through the many disarming hooks of “Minnesota,” she pines, “I never wanted you to go/But you had to.” Likewise, “Country Song” is liminal: “I know I’m going but I don’t know when,” Payne sings.

Among all of these uncertain feelings, the music of II is appealingly concrete. II is a lovesick album, but its songs lift off. There’s a steadiness to its build, a comforting antidote to all of the unsteady urges. Even the seven-minute jam of “Lost Boys” is sharp and measured, never losing itself. The sun-streaked riffs of “Tour” pry open like a window on a long highway drive. It sprawls, capturing the restlessness that comes with transience, grounding a self-help mantra: “What you are and what you want to be/It takes a long time.” On “25,” Payne fruitlessly chases the object of her affection, and she evokes the true emotional horror of a two-sided gemini: “I’m a gemini/And I change my mind/Always change my mind.”

As Payne attempts to cope with heartache, the chorus of “Minnesota” is distilled yearning. “If you go away/I hope that you will know,” she sings, “That I’ll miss you so/Not easy to pretend it’s not hard to let you go.” These are evergreen subjects within an evergreen sound, to be sure, but II proves their cyclical natures—especially given its remarkable energy. The songs are viscerally anguished, but they don’t wallow. There’s an essential, breezy levity to the music; the parts require one another. The whole of II moves forward and on."

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