Courtyards try to “Stay Up”!
Courtyards are four idiosyncratic individuals, emerging from university in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire after hosting a party at their student halls involving homebrew pyrotechnics, unregulated street wrestling and the first naked binsurfing championships. With an encompassing quality, their sound has been described as “panoramic indie-rock, quick to blow away the cobwebs” – Indie Midlands.
Matthew Riley, lead vocalist, spoke about their new single, “Stay Up”, saying: “We’re incredibly happy with this track and have experimented more with synth, samples, and electronics during the production than ever before, which is pushing us towards a musical direction that we’re really excited about”. “Stay Up’ is inspired by the desire to help those close to you with their mental health battles while at the same time working out how to be that figure of solidarity to confide in. It’s our most personal track to date and is inspired by our experiences with people close to us”.
Appearances in 2018 at Live at Leeds, The Alternative Escape & Blackthorn Music Festivals earned them the status of “ready for the step to festival main stages” – The Emergence. With multiple BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio plays under their belt for their past singles since their debut, including 2019’s first release “Colours”, it’s fair to say they have sparked interest among the presenters. Courtyards planned their next release, “Stay Up” on 26th July, the day before their debut performance at Kendal Calling festival, their biggest festival to date with a Saturday slot confirmed on The Woodlands stage.