London doom pop band Courtesans have announced they’ll be joining King 810 on their UK tour in February. Courtesans are special guests to the Flint, Michigan alternative metal group on all 10 UK dates of their ‘La Petite Mort or a Conversation with God’ tour.
“King 810 are one of not many bands around who embrace the idea of transcending genres. We feel we follow the same non-conformist and somewhat experimental path which in theory makes us a positive match. What we do have in common is musical and lyrical darkness that comes from our genuine life experiences.”
“We are very much looking forward to immersing ourselves in moral and philosophical tar withKing 810.” – Sinead, Saffire, Agnes, and Vikki (The Courtesans).
Fellow “ones to watch” UK alt metal group Death Blooms have been confirmed as support for Birmingham, Manchester, and London shows.
King 810 UK Tour with special guests Courtesans
14th Feb – Norwich, The Waterfront
15th Feb – Bristol, Thekla
16th Feb – Birmingham, Asylum *
17th Feb – Leeds, The Key Club
18th Feb – Newcastle, O2 Academy 2
20th Feb – Glasgow, King Tuts
21st Feb – Manchester, Rebellion *
22nd Feb – London, The Underworld *
23rd Feb – Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
24th Feb – Oxford, O2 Academy 2
Subspecies UK Tour, Live at Red Rooms, Rescue Rooms Nottingham.
So Christmas is nearly upon us and as it goes, this is my last review of 2017, so I’m going to keep it short and sweet. It’s about quality, not quantity, right and the two bands we had on offer, on this merry night, gave us just that!
It’s been a tough year, personally, what with a new born. Sleep has been in short supply and doing this has been a challenge, to say the least!
Having battled my way through traffic to get to the venue, early enough to interview the band, the Courtesans, I managed to arrive all a flutter. Thankfully, I made it in plenty of time, as this interview turned out to be one of my best, ever. Probably not for the setting, but for the fact the 2 individuals I had in attendance, Agnes (bass) and Sinéad (vocals) who make up half the band, were 2 of the most talkative and charismatic personalities, I’ve ever had the pleasure of talking too.
In this interview, we cover a multitude of band related topics, which works better than anything I could write about them now. Check it out for yourselves!!
Special guests tonight, were Bullet Height, who’d travelled all the way from Germany to accompany the Courtesans across the UK, for their Subspecies Tour. They originate from Berlin, to be precise and as they stated, on the night, this is their first time, here in the UK, so being one of the first to have witnessed them live, pleases me greatly. As three pieces go, these guys and girl are very creative with their sound. I think the use of a keyboard helps to fill the void, which Sammi plays, along with vocals, which is shared by Jon, who also plays guitar. Although their social media page states the band consists of these 2 members, I couldn’t tell you who the drummer is, but he’s an ox on that kit, what a monster. Vikki’s kit got smashed to bits, but I’m glad to report the drum kit stayed in tact, much to her relief!
I think it’s safe to say that the gothic look has well and truly made a comeback. Did it ever leave? Probably not, but it’s in vogue at the moment, especially with the female musicians out there! On the night, the band had their debut album ‘No Atonement’ for sale, on vinyl I might add and it looked lovely!
If you’re looking for a band that’s a little bit different, with plenty of character, then Bullet Height are the band for you! With a mix of heavy riffs, harmonious vocals and a side of electro punk rock thrown in, they certainly tick a lot of the right boxes, in my book! Sammi’s energy on stage, is second to non and what a looker!
Although tonight’s show, was held in the lesser used Red Rooms, at the Rescue Rooms, I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of people who bothered to turn up. I was also pleasantly surprised to see a few familiar faces, in the crowd, which made my night that much more enjoyable.
Having first seen the Courtesans at Amplified Open Air Festival, this summer, these ladies are a relatively new band to me, but after that performance, I instantly fell in love with this band and their originality! Having gotten to know them a little bit, since then, I’ve even managed to relate with them, on a personal level and their take on enjoying life. Sinéad stated, playing B.O.A this year was a personal highlight, in her life, fair enough! Dave was meant to cheer when she stated this, but balls’ed it right up! Nice one Dave! haha
As stated in our interview, the band played 2 new tracks in their set tonight, which feature on their, yet to be recorded, new album. Having mentioned the fact that the their cover of DJ Luck and MC Neat’s track ‘A Little Bit of Luck’ cheered me up at Amplified, in our interview, I’d like to think this prompted the band to repeat that performance for us tonight? Who knows, but it went down well, as did all their tracks. Tonight’s performance was epic, put simply, I couldn’t have enjoyed it more.
I noticed, everything they had on sale, I already had, so to help finance their travels, for the rest of the tour, I purchased a t-shirt, for the wife, which she’s already worn! Cheers ladies, until next time!
Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year. Take care of yourselves and each other. I hope to see you all at a show in 2018! Peace!
Feel The Same (new single/music video)
self release 26th October 2017.
London doom pop group, the Courtesans, have released a new video ahead of Wednesday 13 shows and announced more dates for their UK headline tour.
‘Feel The Same‘ is the second music video to be taken from their current release, following ‘Mesmerise‘, and lands ahead of UK dates in support of Wednesday 13 this October, and a UK headline tour this November and December.
The Courtesans say, “Feel The Same is a tale of deception, desperation and resignation. It’s about a hollow belief in other people’s honour, honesty and good intentions when dealing with your emotions.
“Holding on to what you thought you were told was true but being confronted with the chilling reality of having been lied to and then left alone to battle the pain of understanding the lies you were spun, questioning everything you thought was real.”
Wednesday 13 UK Tour with specials guests!!
26th Oct – Manchester, Club Academy
27th Oct – Glasgow, Garage
28th Oct – London, O2 Academy Islington
Courtesans ‘Subspecies’ UK tour with special guests Bullet Height
23rd Nov – Cardiff, The Moon
24th Nov – Bristol, Mothers Ruin
25th Nov – Southampton, Heartbreakers
26th Nov – Brighton, The Hope & Ruin
30th Nov – London, The Black Heart
1st Dec – Leicester, Duffy’s Bar
2nd Dec – Nottingham, The Red Room
3rd Dec – Norwich, The Waterfront Studio
6th Dec – Birmingham, The Flapper
7th Dec – Leeds, The Key Club
8th Dec – Glasgow, Audio
9th Dec – Newcastle, Think Tank
10th Dec – Manchester, Gullivers
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