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Keep Counting: The Courteeners return to our lives with slick new single ‘The 17th’


British rock band The Courteeners have carved out a solid career. Here in Boston, tracks like “Not Nineteen Forever” and “You Overdid It Doll” endeared the band to the indie dance party crowd, while albums like 2014’s Concrete Love solidified their placing as one of the most consistent post-2000 groups from the UK.

Today, the Middleton crew have released “The 17th”, a seductively cool night-stalkter of a single that serves as the first hear of upcoming fifth studio album Mapping The Rendezvous. The new LP is out October 21, was produced by Joe Cross, and its lead single is currently streaming at The Independent.

Of the new album, frontman Liam Fray tells the UK publication: “[The period] after the second and third record can be really difficult because you’ve got to prove you can sit at the top table. I feel like we’ve weathered that storm and we might be getting a second opportunity. We feel really lucky to be on our fifth album.”


And the gents are pleased with how “The 17th” came out. And knew it was a hit while in the studio. “It’s probably the best reaction we’ve ever had,” Frays adds. “It’s taken us a bit by surprise; when you’re in the middle of [recording], you’ve got no idea what everyone’s going to think.”

Listen to it below, with album links via the Courteeners’ Twitter.