Review: Courteeners – ‘No One Will Ever Replace Us’


A fleeting summer romance song that, admittedly a little late in the day, is a very good tease ahead of their fifth album.

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Move over, ‘The 17th‘ – ‘No One Will Ever Replace Us’ is the song that should have been the first single from Courteeners’ return, being far more representative of the band’s classic sound. “It’s about finding love in the unlikely surroundings of Glastonbury,” Liam Fray says. “There’s almost an underpinning fear about when you’ve got something so good, and you don’t want it to end.”

Very much a festival romance song, ‘No One Will Ever Replace Us’ depicts a quintessentially British summer love. “Pull the pin” and its verse-ending reference how explosive and sudden and impactful a fleeting hook-up in a field with someone you barely know can be, yet the track still captures the euphoric feeling that this can bring in its refrain (“No one will ever replace us / We were the best team that ever lived”).

Admittedly, its release may have come a little late in the seasonal proceedings, but I’m now very excited to hear album Mapping The Rendezvous in full. Following on from their ‘Not Nineteen Forever’ period, it seems Courteeners have finally found their sound.

‘No One Will Ever Replace Us’ is out now via Ignition Records


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