In 2014, The Courteeners entered the charts at Number Three with their fourth album ‘Concrete Love’, following it up a year later at a hometown show to 25,000 in Manchester’s Heaton Park. This year they’ll play a big slot at this year’s Reading & Leeds Festivals. Despite nearly a decade in the game, its pretty obvious that the group are still trending upwards. So when is album number five due? Well, it seems that the cult Manc group are on the cusp of releasing their new album in the coming months – here are all the details you need to know.
When is the new album going to be released?
Their fifth album ‘Mapping The Rendezvous’ will be released on October 21 via Ignition Records.
What can we expect from the new Courteeners album?
Frontman Liam Fray announced from the stage at this year’s T In The Park that the album was finished and later in the weekend gave more details about what it could sound like. “There are no drops in this one. I feel we let people off a bit with the last one. This one’s going to get you in the face, or body, or ears…” he told MEN in July. Previous album ‘Concrete Love’ was – by their standards – rather mellow and melodic , but it looks like the moshpit-inspiring and the smoke-bomb inciting hits will be key on album five.
Speaking to NME at Reading Festival, Fray said “I don’t know what to say about our new album, except that we’ve stopped giving a fuck about what people think about us. Maybe on the last two records, we laboured over certain things. But with this one, if people don’t like it, then fuck it. We’re still making records after nine years and we’re at a point where we can do what we want”
He also confirmed that they’ve made a “party album”, but one that differs from previous material. “We’ve got a strong rapport with the people who come to see our shows. We still challenge them – it’s not as if we’ve made another ‘St Jude’ or ‘Anna’. This record is a party album. There’s a lot of going out and a lot of regret. It’s fun, if you can call your own record ‘fun’. It’s going to be a good record to play live.”
Further proof of the raucous return have been teased on Fray’s Instagram.
The album’s first single ‘The 17th’ seems to follow that blueprint. Its a slow-burning Richard Ashcroft-esque groover that’s perhaps less guitar-based than fans would expect (or like), but nonetheless its the band at their most experimental and upbeat to date. ‘No One Will Ever Replace Us’, is indeed another banger – as promised – however it’s more direct and inline with the work heard on ‘Anna’. Something for everyone, then.
Have we heard any songs from it yet?
Yep. Here’s ‘The 17th’.
And here’s second single, ‘No One Will Ever Replace Us’.
The rest of the songs are currently unheard, but you can check out the tracklisting for it below:
‘No One Will Ever Replace Us’
‘De La Salle’
‘Not for Tomorrow’
The Deluxe Edition will also feature audio and a DVD of their gig at Manchester’s Heaton Park, if you’re into that kind of thing. I bet you will be after watching this…
Imagine that, in HD. And a little less shaky. We’re in.
Have we seen the artwork?
ALBUM NUMBER FIVE pic.twitter.com/2x2dUJnr8k
— Liam Fray (@What_Liam_Said) August 11, 2016
Are The Courteeners touring the UK this year?
Yes, and they’re playing virtually everywhere.
Victoria Hall, Stoke On Trent (November 10)
O2 Guildhall, Southampton (11)
O2 Academy Brixton, London (12)
O2 Academy, Bristol (14)
Uea, Norwich (15)
O2 Academy, Birmingham (17)
Echo Arena, Liverpool (18)
The Sse Hydro, Glasgow (19)
O2 Academy, Newcastle (21)
Rock City, Nottingham (22)
Sands Centre, Carlisle (24)
This blog will be updated with new information as and when it arrives.