Fresh from playing with Noel Gallagher Manchester's next big things played a lively Q The Music Club Live at The Hard Rock Cafe.
Kicking the night off with Cavorting from debut album, St. Jude, The Courteeners offered up a sprightly Smiths-tinged opener for the evening. Will It Be This Way Forever? provided an out of the blocks sing-a-long moment for the the crowd. Taking an early opportunity to converse with the audience past the obligatory hellos, lead-singer Liam Fray asked if the booze was free, and upon confirmation it was, followed up smiling cheekily with "Vodka lemonade on stage, please" - so drink order in he decided to ask how many people had bought Falcon, the band's latest album (4 star review in Q Magazine). Another sizeably positive response from the crowd was punctuated by a holler of "Ebay" from an audience member and responded to by another with a shout of "cheap b***ard."
The Opener ensued, likely the only song to name check "LA, New York, Dundee and Doncaster" in the same breath, a nostalgic wistful tale borne of a perpetually touring band trying to make it, the recurring refrain "My heart is here, here to stay" declaring the protagonists love for his home town. From wistful love-lorn homesickness to scorn as "This song is about yes men and people who kiss ass" introduced Sycophant, prompting the first dancing of the night to break out, continuing and reaching new heights on fan favourite You Overdid It Doll, their beat driven up-tempo Courteeners equivalent of, say, Franz Ferdinand's Take Me Out. Ending with What Took You So Long? and a cheeky reference to James with a line from Tomorrow "Gotta keep faith that your path will change, gotta keep faith that your luck will change", no doubt fresh from supporting Noel Gallagher and based on this display, their path is is set towards larger venues...
A full review will appear in Q Magazine Q288.
- Will It Be This Way Forever?
- Good Times Are Calling
- Kings Of The New Road
- The Opener
- Cross My Heart And Hope To Fly
- Scratch Your Name Upon My Lips
- Take Over The World
- Fallowfield Hillbilly
- You Overdid It Doll
- Not Nineteen Forever
- What Took You So Long?