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The origins of 'Courtney' came about when the melody popped into my head in a McDonald's drive-thru in October 2020 where I immediately sang the verse and chorus into my voice notes on my phone. Just to clarify, I was parked at the time and the person serving me in the drive-thru was pretty confused!
It's about a friend who would always invite his friend out in the before times when we could all hang out. Alas, after waiting all evening she never turned up. We began to think that she didn't exist and this became a running joke among us.
The song was written with a lot of creative input from my partner Sarah who also provided lovely backing vocals on the song and was recorded at home.
I am currently raising money through Movember with donations going towards mental health and suicide prevention services and all proceeds from the single will go towards that. You can find out more info from the link below.
Thanks to Alex Glover, Jack Brett, Good Hustles, Harvey Duddles, Big Dave + Kazza, Dan O'Dell, Ben Marshall, Charlie Kirby, Ellis Thomas, Ciaran Grant, Xakarus James, Bobby Baker, Frazer Lowrie, Dean Jackson and Courtney (who I have never met - sorry btw!)
Gaz, having finally got this in the CD player, what an absolute stunner of an album, a glorious document of the hardest year in history, emotions, tears, mass singalongs, “The Old Normal”, one of my absolute key songs of last year and, topping them all, “Rule”, Gaz does full tilt screaming metal and it’s f’ing glorious! Neil Mitchell