About The Courteeners
The Courteeners are a four-piece indie band, based in Middleton, greater Manchester. They formed in 2006, and consist of Liam Fray (vocals and guitar), Daniel Conan Moores (guitar), Michael Campell (Drums and backing vocals) and Mark Cuppello (Bassist). The band have known each other since they were all ten years old, although at this time they did attend different schools.
The band formed when Liam was at Salford University on a Creative Writing course, and started to perform as a solo singer-songwriter throughout the city. Encouraged by his reception, he recruited the other members of the band and left University to pursue music full-time. Gigs in October 2006 saw them quickly build a following within Manchester, and their first single, 'Cavorting' was released on Loog Records on 6 August 2007. This was followed by their second, 'Acrylic' on the 22nd of October in that year.
This led to a meeting with legendary British record producer Stephen Street, who recruited them to Polydor records. Together with Street, they recorded their debut album 'St Jude' which came out on Polydor on the 7th of April 2008.
The album reached number 4 in the UK Album Chart and is now a Gold record. Several singles, including 'Not Nineteen Forever' and 'No You Didn't, No You Don't,' were released from the album.
That summer, the band played a number of UK festivals, including Glastonbury, Vfestival and T in the Park. They also did the European festival circuit.
They released a new single, 'That Kiss' in October 2006, and toured major venues throughout the UK, culminating in arena shows supporting the Stereophonics in December 2008.
Around this time, they attracted praise from Manchester music legend Morrissey, who spoke in the press of his admiration for their music. This upward trend continued as they toured the US with him on his 'Tour of Refusal.'
Their second album, 'Falcon' (produced this time by Ed Buller of Pulp and Suede fame) was released on the 22nd of February this year, and was glowingly received by the UK music press. It entered the UK chart at number 6.