With the night young, just after 8 PM, Barns Courtney was anointed to get the party started. Of English descent, Courtney spent some of his childhood out in northwestern portion of the US prior to returning home to England in his teenage years. A singer-songwriter with plenty of ambition, he spent time as a member of bands such as Sleeper Cell and Dive Bella Dive prior to pursuing a solo career. Now making big moves since the release of his single of “Fire” in 2015, Courtney released his debut EP, Hands, via Virgin Records back in May of this year, finding himself opening up for Fitz and The Tantrums.
Certainly more guitar, drums, and bass-drive than the evening’s headliners, Courtney came out ready to make an impression. Revving up the amps and bringing on distorted guitar sounds, the crowd ushering in could not help but stop and tap their toes to Courtney’s music. With a flair of Blues Rock to his sound, Courtney showcased tunes such as “Goodbye John Smith,” the rhythmic “Hands,” and hit single “Fire.” An affectionate personality, Courtney matched the music with a friendly conversation with the crowd, and while sometimes it came across offbeat, it worked well. Continuously roughing up his hair in between songs, Courtney conveyed a sincerity about him that reflects his Punk Rock roots. Winding down the set, and playing “Glitter and Gold,” Courtney did a fine job of striking the interest of a load of potential new fans.