ACL Feature: Courrier

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LiveMom is thrilled to be covering the Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL) again this year. The ladies of LiveMom have listened to all the bands and have picked the ones they think you should have on your schedule. Are you ready for some great music?!



One of the great things about ACL is finding out about performers based in our own backyard. Take Courrier, a band which could be easily mistaken for a group of British lads. With Austin Jones on lead vocals, keys and guitar; Philip Edsel on lead guitar and vocals; Nathan Drake on drums and Taylor Bartholomew on bass and vocals, Courrier recently wrapped up a whirlwind tour, blazing through 25 cities in 29 days in support of their new release, Cathedrals of Color. Courrier made a stop at Stubb's on September 27th before gearing up for ACL. You can listen to the band talk about Cathedrals here and how many of the songs explore the theme of home. Each song was catchier than the last, which makes it no surprise that the band showed up on Austin Monthly's Ten Bands to Watch list and that Courrier was recently featured in Rolling Stone. It's clear that Courrier is gaining momentum, and I'm glad to have the chance to catch these fresh-faced musicians on their way to the top.

You can catch Courrier on Sunday, October 6th from 11:20am-noon on the Austin Ventures Stage.

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LiveMom: How would you describe your sound? Who are your musical influences?

Courrier: Our genre is "alternative rock" which can be a pretty general description, ranging a lot of different styles of rock. We like that, because our influences cover a lot of different styles, from British alt-bands like Coldplay and U2 to classic rockers like Bruce Springsteen and Phil Collins. We’re all about good melodies.
 
LiveMom: Is this your first time at ACL?
 
Courrier: This is our first time playing ACL, but not our first time attending. I’m from Austin, and all the guys have lived here for some time, so it’s really like a hometown dream come true.
 
LiveMom: What's it like being a band based in the Live Music Capital of the World?
 
Courrier: It’s interesting being a band from Austin. Everyone refers to it as the “Live Music Capital of the World,” which can be a good and a bad thing. Good because people love the live music culture, but bad because it’s often over-saturated. You don’t want to get lost in the noise, so to speak.
 
LiveMom: What bands are you most looking forward to seeing perform at ACL?
 
Courrier: All of the headliners for sure. We’re big Depeche Mode & The Cure fans. We also love Muse. I’m definitely excited to see The National again, since they put on my favorite ACL performance to date. Oh, and HAIM.
 
LiveMom: Are you doing any aftershows?
 
Courrier: We’re playing a secret after show the second weekend of ACL. It won’t be announced until a few days before, so unfortunately, we can’t tell you where it will be!
 
LiveMom: What is on the horizon for the band after ACL?
 
Courrier: We’re working on a lot of new material we’re pretty excited about. We’ll also be touring extensively in the spring. Follow us on Twitter & Facebook to stay up to day on what we’re up to!

If you can't make it to the Festival, you can keep up with Courrier on their website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.
 
A native Austinite and soccer-playing mom, Nicole Basham uses her 7-year-old son as an excuse to rediscover her hometown through his eyes. In Thoreau's words, her mission is to "suck out all the marrow of life", or in her son's words, to cultivate in him a love of "advenchers".

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