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Debut Album, The Attractions Of Youth, Out Today

"'Absolutely massive" - NME

Charm and charisma in spades” - The Independent

“It’s an instant scream-the-lyrics-at-the-top-of-your-lungs classic and we can’t get enough”
- Wonderland

“A tale of love that turns dark, it's rooted in that emphatic, empowered vocal” - CLASH

29 SEPTEMBER 2017 (Toronto, ON) – Today, Barns Courtney releases his extraordinary debut album The Attractions Of Youth via Virgin EMI/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company.  In celebration, he has unveiled the brand new music video for his latest single “Kicks”, following a special performance on James Corden’s Late Late show last night.

Shot in the US, the video documents a day of debauchery as Barns and his companions cause mayhem at the infamous Pink Motel in LA. Cut between crystal clear footage and vintage shots, the video makes for the perfect visual fit, matching the song's ferocity beat for beat.

The Attractions Of Youth is an impressive statement from the British born/US raised musician. Featuring the already successful singles, “Champion”, “Fire”, “Glitter & Gold” and “Golden Dandelions”, he kicks on to deliver a plethora of blues/folk-tinged pop anthems. From the Kings Of Leon-esque americana excitement of “Hands” & “Hobo Rocket”, to the more stripped-back sounds of “Goodbye John Smith” and “Little Boy”, this debut showcases his versatility and effortless ability to adapt. As well as soaring vocals appearing as a constant throughout, Barns Courtney has placed a firm marker in the sand with his maiden release. 

Despite having only released a handful of singles, 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.

“Glitter & Gold” reached #1 in the UK Spotify Viral Charts in 2016, while its follow up “Fire” has to date been streamed more than 12,000,000 times on Spotify and saw Barns perform on Conan O’Brien, to rave reviews at SXSW and at Radio 1’s Big Weekend, as well as securing him support slots with the likes of Blur and The Libertines on tour.

In his singular pursuit of creating the perfect rock ‘n’ roll show, Barns broke his foot in three places while diving off stage in the US earlier in July (watch the incident & aftermath here). Powering through, shows were re-scheduled and he returned to the UK at the end of August to complete an incredible sold-out set at London’s Camden Assembly and a jam-packed Festival Republic tent at Reading.

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