Release Date: Oct 21, 2016
Record label: Ignition
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival
A decade into their career, Manchester quartet the Courteeners bring a little levity with their fifth LP, Mapping the Rendezvous. Combining sonic touchstones from throughout their catalog -- angular post-punk, neo-Brit-pop, and polished new wave -- they produced one of their strongest works, as addictive as anything on Anna and Concrete Love. Like contemporaries Kaiser Chiefs and Two Door Cinema Club, they've evolved from their indie rock early days, favoring melody and pop-leaning numbers that inspire more dancing than rocking out.
Still, it’s hard to imagine Liam Fray losing sleep over it. To the ears of their detractors, Courteeners will always sound unexceptional, but in the eyes of the faithful, ‘Mapping the Rendezvous’ will only make them more irreplaceable..