The Courteeners: ‘We’re the best band on the planet right now’

Frontman Liam Fray compares the Manchester band to The Smiths, The Libertines

The Courteeners‘ Liam Fray has said his band are the best in the world right now.

Speaking to NME in a video, which you can watch above, shot in the dressing room before the group’s sold-out gig at Manchester’s MEN Arena earlier this month, Fray said: “We’re the best band on the planet right now.”

He added: “I don’t need anybody to tell us that I’m doing a good job, because they (the fans) are. We’re not here to make up the numbers. We know how important we are to them.”


Fray went on to talk about how young fans may have to pick and choose which bands to see, as they may not be able to afford tickets to see all their favourites. “They’ll get maybe one, two or three gigs (a year) to choose from,” he said. “They chose us back in August. There’s nobody else who gets that (fan reaction). The Libertines got it, The Smiths got it and The Courteeners get it.”

This week, The Courteeners announced details of a 2013 18-date UK tour as well as unveiling new single ‘Lose Control’, taken from their forthcoming new album ‘Anna’, on Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show.

The Manchester band the band will hit the road on February 21, 2013 at Nottingham Rock City, playing Leeds, Liverpool, Glasgow, Bristol, Cardiff, Oxford and more, finishing up at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on March 16.

The Courteeners will play:

Nottingham Rock City (February 21, 2013)
Leeds O2 Academy (22)
Birmingham O2 Academy (23)
Liverpool O2 Academy (25)
Dundee Fat Sams (26)
Inverness Ironworks (28)
Glasgow O2 Academy (March 1)
Edinburgh Picture House (2)
Portsmouth Pyramids Centre (4)
Cambridge Junction (5)
Bristol O2 Academy (7)
Blackpool Empress Ballroom (8)
Oxford O2 Academy (9)
Leicester O2 Academy (11)
Cardiff University Solus (12)
Newcastle O2 Academy (14)
Sheffield O2 Academy (15)
London O2 Academy Brixton (16)

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