Brighton Magazine

The Brighton Magazine

Selected Brighton Magazine Article

Sunday 09 June 2019

404: Barns Courtney Releases New Album Of One Take Heartfelt Lyrics & Announces Concorde 2 Brighton Date

Barns Courtney had started his musical journey as part of indie bands, SleeperCell and Dive Bella Dive. He then toured as a singer/songwriter, opening for Libertine Carl Barat but paid the bills by working at PC World. 

His first full-length album The Attractions of Youth dropped late in 2017, and now he's gearing up for his second full-length release, this autumn's, 404.

The new album will feature ten new tracks and explores his transition into adulthood with conflicted feelings of loss, frustration and optimism. 

Listeners can expect to hear his deep vocals bringing adding an energy to a mixture of intense rock grooves and softer melodic sounds. 


Recorded in the middle of the night, the vocals were captured in only one take and are largely improvised. 

It is perhaps Barns' most raw and intimate work yet as he invites listeners into some of his deepest thoughts.

Speaking about the album, Barns says: 

"The album circulates around the themes of existential authenticity, and how we lose ourselves as we age. 


"A 404 error is when a computer can't find what it's looking for. It connects with the server but the page isn't there anymore. 

"As a child of the digital age, the comparison felt apt. 

"And although in some ways, our former lives still exist inside of us, they're ultimately hollow shells of what they once were, living breathing experiences. 

"We can follow the links to our past, but there's nothing there. 

"It's a painful realization and one that fascinated me whilst writing the record in my friends' old bedroom in the backwaters of Yaxley where we first started almost ten years ago."

Prior to the release of 404, Barns has unveiled a new single and video called You & I.

Barns Courtney plays Concorde 2, Brighton, on Saturday 12th October 2019. For tickets CLICK HERE. New album '404' will be released on 6th September 2019.

by: Mike Cobley




Share    

Credit Adam Harvey @ I Shoot Bands

It's all things new for the return of James Bond. New director, plot, cast, villain, title and, of course, music. 
Credit Gus Coral

Photographs of The Rolling Stones had been gathering dust beneath photographer Gus Coral's bed for sixty years. 

First the sad news. Into The Punset - which visits East Sussex, later this year - is the farewell tour of UK-based Canadian gag master Stewart Francis. The great news is that he's promising to go out with a show that proves he's at the peak of his punchline-making powers

There Will Be No Intermission is Sussex-bound Amanda Palmer's first solo album in more than six years, as well as being her most powerful and personal collection to date, with songs that tackle the big questions: life, death, grief and how we make sense with it all.

The clock is counting down to the deadline for the South Downs National Park's annual Photo Competition and the chance to win up to £250.

To mark twenty years of The Sopranos, three of the biggest characters from the seminal hit show will visit the Brighton Centre, for an up close and personal 'In Conversation' style show.

Mystery Jets' new single, Screwdriver - taken from their forthcoming sixth studio album, A Billion Heartbeats -  is an uncompromising look at the rise of the rebranded alt-right in the UK, built around a powerfully positive message: "Fight them with love / then the world will be ours".

“I've learned a lot from making big mistakes,” says Sophie & The Giants' singer Sophie Scott. “When you're younger you think you know how the world works .. but you fucking don't." 

Ralph Pelleymounter's new album, Dead Debutante's Ball, was recorded over ten long days during Britain's hottest summer in decades, and so named “because it's a good title for someone releasing a solo album so late in their career.”
Photographer unknown

As part of Heritage Open Day on later this month, newly acquired photographs of David Bowie performing at Brighton Dome will go on display in the venue for the first time.

“This is an album for anyone who's ever turned to music in a time of crisis, whether personal or political. It's about the solace one can get from listening to music or playing music when everything else has gone wrong. It's about finding kernels of hope and renewal in dire situations.”

Archive search

Search our archives for what's on and gone for the best of this city's theatre music comedy news and much more...







Organising a conference or event in Brighton?
See our Brighton Conference section.
Brighton web design by ...ntd