courettesThe Courettes: Back In Mono

(Damaged Goods)

LP | CD | DL

Out 15th October 2021

Louder Than War Bomb Rating 4.5

 

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The Courettes, fresh off the back of the re-release of their first two albums, return with new record Back In Mono.

The Courettes are on fire. Damaged Goods recently re-released their first two albums and now their new album is about to hit the shelves, building on the increased momentum that is surging along behind them now that they are back out on the live circuit. There are UK dates coming up very soon and, from what’s on show here, you’ll be a fool to let them go by.

Opening song and last year’s single Want You! Like A Cigarette doubles down on their Girls From The Garage ’60s soul garage sound. Pure doo-wop ‘n’ roll. It grooves like a lost classic, Spector-style wall of sound production and all the bells. Shifting into the lamenting I Can Hardly Wait, they continue in the same vein, leaving the question as to whether on Back In Mono they’ve hung up their more crunching garage in favour of an immersion into the classic R&B soul sound of the ’60s. It certainly seems that way, and it’s no bad thing at all. Not to take anything away from the crunching fuzzed-out style of some of their previous songs, but on their previous albums, they were also laying clear breadcrumbs that have led them to this treasure trove. Throughout, the classic ’60s garage is there, albeit driving the songs from within, surging beneath the sugar-spun melodies.

Forthcoming single R.I.N.G.O. is an early standout, overlapping vocals flying high over a fantastic tune. The duo know their chops for sure and know exactly when to shift things down a gear, as they do on the more haunting Until You’re Mine and My One And Only Baby. They drop in the perfect moments of the album to let you drift and sway in the momentum of the songs like recent single Hop The Twig, which injects more of their twisting rock ‘n’ roll urgency into the album, a wonderful baritone surf guitar riff rumbling and jiving along.  Penultimate song Won’t Let You Go throws everything into the ring for a late dance-off before they sign off with the gentle Cry Cry Cry, a beautiful goodbye.

While the album was recorded in their native Denmark, the final mix of the album was overseen by Wall Of Sound aficionado Seiki Sato in Japan and the impact is clear, resulting in a fantastic album that drips in that Gold Star sound. Just as bands like The Detroit Cobras have done in the past, The Courettes have written a collection of songs that combine the band’s love of both classic garage and R&B. And boy have they done it in style!

The Courettes are on tour in October.
15.10 – The Loft Portsmouth
17.10 – Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich
19.10 – The Lexington, London
21.10 – The Piper, Hastings
22.10 – Yellow Arch Studios, Sheffield
23.10 – Westgate Social Club, Middlesbrough
24.10 – Adelphi, Hull
25.10 – The Cluny, Newcastle
26.10 – Night & Day Cafe, Manchester
27.10 – Voodoo Rooms Speakeasy, Edinburgh
28.10 – Mono, Glasgow
30.10 – The Albert, Brighton
31.10 – The Moon, Cardiff

The Courettes are on Facebook and Twitter.

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Words by Nathan Whittle. Find his Louder Than War archive here.

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Nathan has been writing for Louder Than War since 2012. Before that, he wrote for manchestermusic.co.uk. Now living in Spain, he also writes for the Spanish magazine Ruta 66.

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