Barns Courtney has today revealed the full details of his highly-anticipated debut album The Attractions Of Youth, out September 29th on Virgin EMI and which features previous singles ‘Fire’, and ‘Glitter & Gold’, as well as current release ‘Golden Dandelions’.
The Attractions Of Youth is an impressive statement from the Anglo-American troubadour. Featuring the already successful singles, he kicks on to deliver a plethora of blues/folk-tinged pop anthems. From the Kings Of Leon-esque americana excitement of ‘Hands’ & ‘Hobo Rocket’, to the more stripped-back sounds of ‘Goodbye John Smith’ and ‘Little Boy’, this debut showcases his versatility and effortless ability to adapt. As well as soaring vocals appearing as a constant throughout, Barns Courtney has placed a firm marker in the sand with his maiden release.
Despite having only released a handful of singles, Barns Courtney has already experienced more highs and lows than most artists could wish to encounter in an entire lifetime. His is a story of family turmoil, bad record industry deals, homelessness, serendipitous meetings with movie moguls and sheer talent and hard work winning out against the odds. Barns’ confessional, life-affirming blues and rock ‘n’ roll anthems-in-waiting draw on the breadth of these events, the positives and negatives of his experiences’ baring their scars for all to see.
‘Glitter & Gold’ reached #1 in the UK Spotify Viral Charts in 2016, while it’s follow up ‘Fire’ has to date been streamed more than 12,000,000 times on Spotify and saw Barns perform on Conan O’Brien’s talk show in the US, to rave reviews at SXSW and at Radio 1’s Big Weekend, as well as securing him support slots with the likes of Blur and The Libertines on tour.
In his singular pursuit of creating the perfect rock ‘n’ roll show, Barns broke his foot in three places while diving off stage in the US earlier in July, meaning his sold out homecoming show at London’s Camden Assembly had to be rescheduled to August 23rd (watch the incident & aftermath here).
“It’s an instant scream-the-lyrics-at-the-top-of-your-lungs classic and we can’t get enough” – Wonderland
“A tale of love that turns dark, it’s rooted in that emphatic, empowered vocal” – CLASH
After a very short and enforced break, he bravely took to the stage last weekend to play a full weekend of shows including Lollapalooza, where he performed from a hospital bed with crutches and a nurse in tow. Powering through, he is set to return to the UK next weekend for the London headline show and a festival appearances at Reading & Leeds, as well as a full headline tour in September which will see him play ten dates across the UK.
Listen to Golden Dandelions below on Spotify.
With the upcoming release of debut album The Attractions Of Youth, this summer and beyond is sure to see Barns go from strength to strength.
THE ATTRACTIONS OF YOUTH – Tracklisting
- Glitter & Gold
- Hands (Album Version)
- Golden Dandelions
- Hobo Rocket
- Hobo Outside Tesco, London (Interlude)
- Never Let You Down
- Goodbye John Smith
- Little Boy
- Rather Die
- The Attractions Of Youth
UK HEADLINE SHOWS
Aug 23rd – London, Camden Assembly Rooms (SOLD OUT)
Sept 15th – Brighton, Hope & Ruin
Sept 16th – Leicester, The Cookie
Sept 18th – Newcastle, Think Tank?
Sept 19th – Edinburgh, The Voodoo Rooms
Sept 20th – Glasgow, The Hug & Pint
Sept 22nd – Manchester, Soup Kitchen
Sept 23rd – Sheffield, Picture House Social
Sept 25th – Bristol, Louisiana
Sept 26th – Oxford, The Cellar
Sept 29th – London, Dingwalls
Tickets on sale now – http://www.seetickets.com/tour/barns-courtney
UK FESTIVAL DATES
Aug 25th – 27th – Reading & Leeds Festival