The Courtneys


Flying Nun

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On The Courtneys' sophomore album II, we ride shotgun in a 1986 Chevrolet van with the band as they cruise down the road en route to their next gig. Jen Twynn Payne (drums, vocals) is driving and Courtney Loove (guitar, vocals) and Sydney Koke (bass, vocals) relax in the back seat and stare out the window, squinting at the bright sun.

So The Courtneys don't set this exact scenethe closest we get to it is in "Tour" when they sing, "It's time for us to let it go, slack off and hit the open road." But the band's power-pop tracks about love and figuring out adulthood roll steadily one after the other like the unfaltering rotations of tires on an unobstructed roadway. During the record's 40-minute journey, The Courtneys smoothly sail on catchy melodies and quick guitar riffs and sound relaxed despite some of the anxieties in their lyrics. The band rarely stray from their lane but the bottomless reserve of fuzz that II runs on ensures The Courtneys get to where they need to go. (

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