Chicago’s own grunge-pop trio, Courtney is releasing their debut album. Not just any kind of album, but a “valbum” (or visual album) as the band so lovingly referred to their work via Facebook.
Slowly rolling out their debut LP through performance videos, Courtney showcases sticky, ’90s-tinged melodies without any frills or gimmicks. On the band’s latest “Girl,” the thick, rumbling bass groove keeps the track from bubbling over into an explosion of distortion while the vocal overlays create a salty-and-sweet echo-effect. Those ’90s acts you may have forgotten about like The Martinis or The La’s can be found in nooks and crannies of Courtney’s sound, which will send you into nostalgia-overload as your start desperately searching for your Walkman.
“Girl” is a highly-observant commentary on the female experience without coming off political or alienating. The rolling narrative can be attributed to anyone and it’s so good, you wouldn’t mind it being attributed to you.
You can see Courtney live when the band presents PROM at Reed’s Local, 3017 W. Belmont. May 20th at 8 PM, make sure to look your best and enjoy performances from Courtney, other Local Loop favorite’s Oshwa, and Glamour Hotline, hosted by Jesus Matta.
There is a $10 suggested donation at the door, but who doesn’t want to do a little good on PROM night?