The Courteeners - 'Concrete Love'

The Courteeners - 'Concrete Love'

The Courteeners will always be a lightning rod for anyone with a distaste of guitar-based Mancunian triumphalism, the cottage industry of self-proclaimed prophets and bullshitters conceived by Morrissey and the Gallaghers to which Liam Fray...

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The Courteeners - 'Van Der Graaff'

The Courteeners - 'Van Der Graaff'

‘Van Der Graaff’ is so soaring, skyscrapering, cloud-surfing, moon-touching and cliff-leaping it makes me cry before I’m 10 seconds in. No snide payoffs about how this Doves-meets-Sigur Rós technique only has this effect in Manchester –...

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The Courteeners - 'ANNA'

The Courteeners - 'ANNA'

Courteeners frontman Liam Fray doesn’t so much write albums as submit application letters every other year to the exclusive club of musical greatness. The man’s ambition is unrelenting. It’s not ambition that manifests itself via a big gob,...

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Live review: The Courteeners

Live review: The Courteeners

There are gigs that are much less about the music and more about the moment; that timeless convergence of band, fans and fate. And without those shows – y’know, the Libs ’ 984th impromptu Rhythm Factory reformation, Spike Island, Oasis at...

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Album review: The Courteeners - 'Falcon' (Polydor)

Album review: The Courteeners - 'Falcon' (Polydor)

Are you Blur or Oasis ? A semi-metaphorical question that bizarrely seems almost as relevant in divvying up Britain’s indie fans today as it did sat around the radio as Mark Goodier announced the chart battle result in 1995. ‘Art pop’...

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Live Review: The Courteeners

Live Review: The Courteeners

Various local talents have fuelled a manic atmosphere at tonight's mammoth 10,000 capacity sold-out gig/monument to Mancunia, from electro danceheads The Whip to old-school anarchists Buzzcocks , but it's north Manchester's gobbiest The...

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The Courteeners

The Courteeners

If the thought of Liam Fray puckering up makes you queasy, a whole three-and-a-bit minutes of him singing about it is unbearable. ‘That Kiss’ is what used to be called a “lighters in the air moment”, but not now – mobiles, duh – plus...

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The Courteeners

The Courteeners

‘No You Didn’t, No You Don’t’ reveals Liam Fray of The Courteeners is probably a very polite, quiet little man, if the unutterable mediocrity and lack of big ideas that this song betrays, are anything to go by. Unbelievably colourless,...

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The Courteeners

The Courteeners

Just as every band on every tour tells every crowd that they’re the best so far, every region and city of the UK believes they have a unique identity and a musical heritage to die for. Manchester, eternal cliché that it is, does seem to have a...

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The Courteeners

The Courteeners

It may seem strange to discuss Christian symbolism in the pages of NME, but a quick rummage through the Bible is crucial to understanding what The Courteeners are getting at with the title of their debut album. So, if you could all turn to the New...

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