$7 advance / $10 door / 21+
Doors 7:30 / Show 8
Free Truman: Moorhead lo-fi surf punk
Velveteen: Fargo dream pop
The Courtneys drift back to the sound of the early ’90s, drawing from influences like Teenage Fanclub, Pavement, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, and The Clean. Courtney Loove’s dreamy guitar riffs add a timeless power-pop element to the punk backbone formed by Sydney Koke’s driving basslines, while drummer and lead singer Jen Twynn Payne delivers heartfelt lyrics. The Courtneys’ collaborative songwriting process delivers a special blend of fuzzy “artisanal grunge.” The first Courtneys album (self-titled) came out in 2013 on a small independent label, Hockey Dad Records, based in the band’s hometown of Vancouver, BC, Canada. They’ve since worked with a number of independent labels including Conquest of Noise in Australia and Waterslide Records in Japan, as well as Burger Records and Gnar tapes in the US. They’ve released a number of singles and music videos and toured throughout Canada and the US, including spots supporting Tegan and Sara and Mac Demarco. In 2015, The Courtneys made their way to Australia and New Zealand, hosted by Flying Nun Records. Influenced by the legendary label early on, the group is honored to now be able to call it home.