Get a taster of Courtney’s new music ahead of his UK headline shows in November.
Airing on the side of retrospect, the uplifting new indie anthem 99 is a throwback to the glory days of the late nineties.
Speaking of the track, Barns comments “This is the first song where I’ve ever been able to inject my true personality. I was born in England and grew up in suburban Seattle playing video games and watching Pokémon. 99 has got genuine sadness, but it’s got playfulness, and it references the nerdy parts of my personality where I’m in Seattle in the late 90s with my friends in front of a TV screen playing Nintendo 64. It’s got the silly playfulness where I reel off a list of dated games consoles at the end. That sense of poking fun at yourself. The universal goal is that to be successful is to have shiny status symbols, so there are people who’ve grown up and got the house and the Ferrari, but here I am clutching my old Sega Megadrive.”
Alongside the new single, Barns has also stepped things up in the live arena by unveiling his highest profile UK headline tour to date. With eight shows across the country, including a night at London’s Heaven, the tour further cements his stamp as one of the country’s most exciting acts.
Barns Courtney has already experienced more highs and lows than most artists could wish to encounter in an entire lifetime. His is a story of family turmoil, bad record industry deals, homelessness, serendipitous meetings with movie moguls and sheer talent and hard work winning out against the odds.
Speaking about those challenging times and conquering the odds Barns said: “My first single appeared in this Bradley Cooper movie and before I knew it I got this call from my manager while I was slinging laptops as Currys and PC World who told me I didn’t have to work there anymore. I was so downtrodden after my experiences that even when I was sat in Virgin Records with a bottle champagne in one hand signing on the dotted line, I just couldn’t speak to anyone. I was so afraid the rug was going to be pulled from under me. It was another two years before I thought it might actually turn out alright”.
Now putting the finishing touches to his second album, this is Barns’ time. With a strong reception for his debut, he is now looking ahead to unleashing his brazen sound on as many people as possible.
UK headline tour dates
6 November – The Maze, Nottingham
7 November – Night & Day Cafe, Manchester
9 November – Think Tank Underground, Newcastle
10 November – G2, Glasgow
12 November – Mama Roux’s, Birmingham
13 November – The Exchange, Bristol
14 November – The Bullingdon, Oxford
15 November – Heaven, London