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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…

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‘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…

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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…

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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…

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

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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…

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‘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…

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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…

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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…

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Second-last single went in at number 44. Last single, 20. Do we have to draw you a graph? The Hype Halving Rule remains mathematically valid: this’ll likely hit the Top…

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You know when iTunes lists the track on a CD as something other than that which it actually is? Of course you do. Well, iTunes claims this is ‘Lucy In…

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You would be mistaken (and a complete tosser to boot) to think that this is another band for Berghaus jacket-wearing teenage girls who love dirty tracksuit-clad builders. Or ‘Pigeon Detectives…

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To say that Manchester needs The Courteeners is a bit like saying Sven needs to win Man City a trophy, or that Bernard Manning needs to be remembered as a…