Single Review: Courtyards – Disarray


I love being able to review new music from brand new bands, so I can’t think of a better way to start the week than by getting into the debut single from Courtyards.

Hailing from Burnley but now based in Huddersfield, Courtyards are Matthew Riley (Lead vocals, guitar) Callum Usher (Guitar, bass, backing vocals) Nathan Pearson (Guitar, bass) Mortimer Pavlitski (Keys, synth) and Luke Allcock (Drums, Cajon, backing vocals). The band met at uni and began by playing in halls as an alternative to doing any actual work; a move which I can’t help but applaud. The quintet started out as an acoustic covers band but quickly moved on to writing and performing their own material.

Disarray is the band’s debut single and although it may not be anything that we haven’t necessarily heard before that doesn’t stop it from being a good, solid track. The vocal from Riley is nothing flashy but is still completely on point while the hook is strong and carries plenty of radio appeal. I’m also a fan of the guitar work, which much like the song as a whole does its job well with minimal fuss.

In all honesty there isn’t really anything to dislike about Disarray, it hits all of its spots nicely and would undoubtedly slide nicely onto many a radio station playlist. It maybe hasn’t got that real ‘wow factor’ which pulls you up from your seat, but it’s still a very good, and very solid debut in anyone’s book.

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