When I heard this track for the first time all I could think of was how I had never caught wind of these Yorkshire lads before. I’m not really sure how they’ve managed to pass me by, none the less I’ve found them now and I must say they’re just what I’ve been looking for.
The track starts off deep with low and slow vocals from lead singer Matthew Riley accompanied by a rumbling bass line from Louis Taylor. A layering of more upbeat guitar riffs slowly burst into a catchy chorus, which in my opinion is a total belter. I’m getting whiffs of Sundara Karma the further we progress into the track, but more so Catfish and the Bottlemen. Courtyards seem to take from their influences and use them in a tasteful way, so it doesn’t just sound like a discarded Van McCann demo. They’ve definitely got their melody down to a ‘T’ and you would find it very difficult to not get this track replaying in your head.
As we look past the general sound of this piece and delve deeper into the lyrics there’s something really special there. Courtyards have managed to capture young love in a way most bands try to do for years, in an honest and refreshing way. The band told us that ‘Firelight’ is “a story most people can relate to about young love, becoming infatuated with a girl and the feelings not being mutual at least initially… but there’s a little bit of hope there.” I for one am looking forward to following these guys for the rest of the year, things can only go up!
If you like the sound of all this, listen to ‘Firelight’ here: https://soundcloud.com/courtyards_official
They’ve also got a nice video up for the track that you can watch here: https://youtu.be/ISHp9yiaUHg
Photos courtesy of band’s Facebook and Devon Round.
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