- 04 Nov 16
Turning 30 has given Courteeners frontman Liam Fray a relaxed new attitude to life. He discusses the band’s Prince-influenced new album, witnessing French riots and selling out a huge gig at Manchester’s Heaton Park.
When you turn 30, it’s generally understood that you should probably start cutting back on the wild nights out and take life a little more seriously. For Liam Fray, frontman, guitarist and creative force behind the Courteeners however, reaching that milestone actually made him go in the opposite direction. This new-found relaxed attitude informs much of the material on his band’s fifth album, Mapping The Rendezvous, and his not-quite-midlife-crisis has yielded his most daring collection of songs to date.
“Even though there are a couple of slow moments on it,” says Fray,” the whole album is a little more light hearted compared to previous records. We’re not taking ourselves as serious this time and that’s been a big thing for us. I think it’s due to turning 30 and going, ‘Right, maybe chill out a bit more and have some fun.’ It’s weird, I’m not lying to you, I don’t think we’ve had as positive a response to one of our records, possibly ever, as we have for this one. I don’t think we even got it for our first album, St Jude. Everyone who has listened to it has only had good things to say, which means a lot.”
Regarded by the band as a “party record”, the singer once again set up camp in Paris to lay down the groundwork for the album. Thematically eclectic, it was inspired by subjects as diverse as French rioters and the death of Prince.