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Genres You Will Love
Moods: Featuring Guitar Blues: Blues-Rock Country: Alt-Country Folk: Alternative Folk Rock: Acoustic

By Location
United States - NY - New York City United States - New York

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The Courtesy Tier

Courtesy Tier is always a surprise, sometimes even to themselves. Omer (guitar) and Layton (drums) have been playing together for the last seven years, but they weren't always a duo. As members came and went, they perpetually conceptualized themselves as a four and sometimes six piece band. Then, during their second winter in New York, the boys had run out of other band members. Regrouping in a closet size practice space under the Smith Street overpass, they finally had enough room to rehearse, and they liked the sound. By the following summer they were ready to record, but a New York budget requires some fanagaling. With three mic's in a seven by seven room "The Resolution" was born.

Courtesy Tier is a two man cadre. Whether invoking Wilco, Nirvana, Sonic Youth, J Dilla, or Led Zeppelin they synthesize the soul of rock with melodic blues. While a forerunner of the DIY movement in Brooklyn, they aren't your usual Brooklyn sound. The album name exemplifies their process: go with what you've got and you'll find your way there.