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The Courteeners

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Manchester, United Kingdom (2006 – present)

The Courteeners are a British indie rock band formed in Manchester, in 2006 by Liam Fray (guitar/vocals), Michael Campbell (drums/backing vocals), Daniel Conan Moores (Guitar), and Mark Cuppello (bass).

Whilst studying at the University of Salford, Liam Fray started to perform acoustic sets as a singer-songwriter around Manchester. After getting positive reactions from the crowd, Fray decided to leave University and form a band. He recruited long time friend Michael Campbell. At that time, Campbell had never played the drums in his life. The two friends played under Liam Fray’s name. When Conan Moores and Mark Cuppello joined the band, they renamed themselves ‘The Courteeners’. All four band members hail from the Middleton area of Greater Manchester, and have known each other since they were ten years old.

On the 6th August 2007 they released their first single, ‘Cavorting’. On the 22nd October 2007 a second single, ‘Acrylic’, followed, reaching number 44 in the UK Single Chart. They were signed to Loog records at the time.

Producer Stephen Street (known from bands such as Blur and Morrissey approached the band. They started working on the debut album. The band released the first single of this album, ‘What Took You So Long?’ on 14th January 2008. The single ‘Not Nineteen Forever’ was released on 31th March 2008. Finally, on the 4th April 2008, they released the debut album, ‘St. Jude’ on Polydor Records.

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