Watch Barns Courtney Riff On The White Stripes In His New Video ‘Hands’

Rising Ipswich (via Seattle – he grew up there) songwriter Barns Courtney has some strong words about the inspiration for his new single, ‘Hands’:

“I’m so bored of hearing the same shiny EDM on the radio. I wanted to write something you could jam out in your basement with two friends and a shitty drum kit. No production, no bells and whistles, just dirty guitar, vocals, and a thumping beat.”

While the video for the track might be reminiscent of The White Stripes’ Gondry-directed classic ‘The Hardest Button To Button’, the track has its roots set in the UK, with a chorus that’s faintly reminiscent of Jake Bugg’s early, most carefree material.


Stream it now, and scroll on for Barns’ forthcoming tour dates:

Barns releases the ‘Hands’ EP on May 27. The tracklisting is:

1. Hands
2. Goodbye John Smith
3. Glitter and Gold (Zibra Remix)
4. Somebody to Love

Watch Barns play live at the following shows:

27th April – London – Servants Jazz Quarters Supporting Hero Fisher
29th April – London – KOKO, BBC Introducing / Club NME
30th April – Leeds, Live at Leeds
1st May – Glasgow, Stag & Dagger Festival
3rd May – Newcastle, Head of Steam
5th May – Cambridge, Portland Arms
20th May – Brighton, The Great Escape. Venue: Patterns (Upstairs)
21st May – Brighton Alternative Escape, Black Lion, (Various Artists and Sesac Showcase)
27th May – Manchester Dot to Dot Festival
28th May – Exeter – Radio 1’s Big Weekend
28th May – Bristol Dot to Dot Festival
29th May – Nottingham, Dot to Dot Festival
18th June – 110Above Festival. Gopsall Hall Farm, Leicester
24th June – Southside Festival (Germany)
26th June – Hurricane Festival (Germany)
30th June – Werchter Festival (Belgium)
1st July – Barn on the Farm Gloucestershire