“It’s going to keep building”. That’s what Courts’ guitarist Dan told NME back in February when I asked him what the plans were for this year. And build is exactly what the band has done since they released their first tune ‘Part Of’ in March just over a year ago. While that debut single was brimming with potential – the kind of potential that can peter out so disappointingly quickly – 12 months later Courts have harnessed everything that was great about that track, developed it smartly and amassed a serious arsenal of sizzling summer anthems.
‘No Lie’ is due for release on May 6, and it’s full of the booming basslines and funky guitar that have contributed to their progressive sound. But if you’re looking for a sound that encapsulates what 2016 should feel like – this is it. There’s a conscious throwback to the musical DNA of the ‘70s and ‘80s, however Courts are updating it for a generation with a flow that Stormzy would be proud of and a groove you’re more likely to hear coming from the US’ west coast (rather than their Basildon recording bunker).
The group also say that the song was almost left to waste away on singer Chris’ phone before changing their minds. “We weren’t sure at first whether to use it, but then we recorded it last year and realised it needed to be a single. It’s basically about not wanting to get caught up in the lies we’re told and life’s general illusions.”
The track was first played by Julie Adenuga on Beats 1 last week and now NME have got the online premiere of ‘No Lie’ for you to hear. Dive headfirst into the band’s sunshine-tinged new track, then look out for them as they head off to festivals across the country.
The track will be available to download from iTunes and other digital retailers on May 6.
Courts are set to play handful of gigs in the coming months too:
May 13th – The Chinnerys, Southend
June 3rd – Club NME, Koko, London
June 10th – Birmingham University, Birmingham
July 21st-24th – Secret Garden Party