Halfway to Nowhere recently saw Courtyards headline Verve Bar in Leeds as part of Double Denim Live. We were already in love with Go Down, their 2016 release and were really excited to get our hands on the new single Firelight.
The track begins much slower than we’re used to with Courtyards; with moody, low hanging vocals from Matt the track already adds to their portfolio of sounds developed in their previous two releases. The opening verse slowly progresses into a more upbeat riff sequence reminiscent of artists such as The Sherlocks or Sundara Karma before bursting into a typical Courtyards sounding chorus. Catchy hooks, smooth rhthym and superb vocals.
With a blend of immediately noticeable influences from Catfish and the Bottlemen right through to the White Lies, Courtyards are on the money with Firelight which goes from strength to strength in the following verse and chorus. Cal’s subtle guitar notes run through the entire track beautifully and the track flows into the middle eight section in which Matt’s vocals slow right down once again. Louis then takes over control and drives the song into the final explosive chorus.
This song has taken Courtyards to the next level. After being described as “not just another festival band” (Pentatonic) they sure up this suggestion with Firelight and actually put themselves in a position where they can challenge the entire indie-rock market in 2017. With an EP due and a host of shows including a run of dates with Double Denim, this could be a huge year from the guys from Huddersfield. It’s about time Yorkshire had a class act that wasn’t from Leeds or Sheffield and Courtyards are that band.
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