It takes more then a broken foot to stop the enigma that is Barns Courtney. On 23rd August 2017 he headlined an energetic and amazing show to a pack crowd at the Camden Assembly, and was even decent enough to sit down for a quick Smashed Vinyl interview post-gig.
So first of all how are you? Barns: I'm good, very sweaty, been sweating up a storm. I'm alive with the glory of perspiration, don't worry about it.
You're going on tour with The Kooks in America in a few months, are you a Kooks fan? Yeah, massively
So how did you get on their tour? My tour manager/bass player (points to the stage), who's not there…
That's a box... Yeah but he's real cheap! He used to play bass for The Kooks, I think they made him play backstage, though, I let him play onstage
So they had a false bass player? Yeah for a bit, I think somebody quit or something
Wow, that’s crazy! So, when's your album out? September 29th. I'm looking forward to it actually, it's going to be good, it's a little bit terrifying because when I signed my first deal and got dropped with no album release, it really hit and that was really difficult for me, so it's slightly worrying that this is all going to be pulled out from under me. But it's exciting at the same time and I think it's important to run towards things that you're afraid of
I read an article about you on music week that said you had already recouped your record money advance through the royalties of your song Fire being used in the movie Burnt, is that true? I recouped my publishing, technically. I made like a million pounds for somebody, just not for me, somebody out there is super rich. I've literally got like £30 left in my bank account
How's your foot doing? It's very broken
Can you please explain how you broke it to those that don't know I jumped off a very large stage, and I thought that there would be grass at the bottom, but there was only concrete, concrete and sadness... And pain. We got the big football, NFL Green Bay Packers doctor to look at it, but because he's so busy with the big football team he never actually got back to us. But you know, it's still good, it's still attached to my body
Just? Yeah just about
For your new album have you played every song that's going to be on it, or are there any songs that you've been saving? I've played them all live apart from Goodbye John Smith
Oh yeah, but that was a B-side wasn't it? Yeah, I released that on Spotify for a bit, but took it down
Why did you take it down? I think a lot of people left the label, and they hired some new people who mixed things up a bit
They left because of that song? *Laughing* Yeah, that was it
Barns Courtney's debut album The Attractions of Youth is out 29th September, and his October tour is on sale now!