Courting Takes A Sardonic Bite Into The Music Industry In “Popshop!”

Music industry is a jungle

Photo: Marieke Macklon

Liverpool quartet Courting pokes fun of the absurdity and moral ambiguity of their niche industry (aka music) in their new single “Popshop!” It’s a breakneck, indie hymn trimmed with garage elements as they break down the bizarre way we consume music and treat it as commodity. With its gauzy, distortedly euphonious riffs, Courting delivers a smashing sound that leaves you wanting more:

On the single, frontman Sean Murphy-O’Neill shares his insight: “‘Popshop!’ is about the music industry, the idea of selling out and consumerism. The name is derived from Keith Haring’s store of the same name, and the idea that it is positive for your art to be consumed by a larger audience rather than only seen as something for upper class art collectors or something to buy for its future resale value. We’re also poking fun at bands writing the same song over and over again, and wishing that we could sell our bathwater like Belle Delphine.”

The track is from their upcoming debut EP Grand National, which will be out via Nice Swan Records.