Courtesy Tier
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Courtesy Tier

New York City, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2005 | INDIE

New York City, New York, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2005
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Courtesy Tier @ Trans Pecos

Queens, New York, United States

Queens, New York, United States

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Courtesy Tier @ Big Bang Bar

Austin, Texas, United States

Austin, Texas, United States

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Courtesy Tier @ Hotel Vegas

Austin, Texas, United States

Austin, Texas, United States

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"Concert Review: Bushwick Walkabout"

Following came another major find/surprise, The Courtesy Tier. If you'd heard them on record on their recently released The Resolution, you would have no idea that they were only a guitar-and-drums duo (something else Brooklyn, and the indie world as a whole, has too much of...). Their sound was bigger and more accomplished than the vast majority of guitar-and-drums duos, country-tinged for sure, but indie-evocative. They even played their first-ever cover, something by Jose Gonzales. - QRO Magazine


"Album Review: Courtesy Tier - The Resolution"

New (or revived) alt-styles come to the fore because they're new (or rediscovered) ways of feeling good, or ways of feeling bad. The early eighties New Wave sound tapped into the sadness of Reagan/Thatcher-era, while grunge captured the down spirits of Generation X. At the start of this century/millennium, alt-country began to boom, as a new, authentic way to represent melancholy. It's since largely gone on to straddle into the mainstream (and even actually country music), and the unhappy kids are now looking towards chillwave or post-dubstep or whatever. But Brooklyn's Courtesy Tier bring an alt-country crush of feelings on The Resolution.

Loss pervades The Resolution, and the closest it comes to ‘upbeat’ is the gallop away from what was lost in "Rescue". On pieces like "Rescue", the more expansive opener "Standing Near", resigned "Alright Mama", slow-to-big builds "Calling Out" and "Home", or the evocative & effective "Just Like You", you can feel the wrenching in singer Omer Liebovitz's voice, another strain on the well-worn heart. It's actually somewhat reminiscent of Kings of Leon - when they were great (roughly Because of the Times era - QRO review), before they got quite so huge.

Courtesy Tier do sometimes dip into a grunge-plead on The Resolution, and the record is largely worse for it on numbers like "Preaches", the harder moments of the otherwise stripped "Morning Run", or the slow grind guitar-rock "Hey Bee". The Tier is actually just a guitar-and-drums two-piece, and while they don't sound like it, might need a Lou Barlow (QRO album review) before going into Dinosaur Jr. (QRO live review) terrain.

Brooklyn & British kids are already leaving the alt-country behind to the Mumfords (QRO live review) of the world, swinging back towards electronica in the never-ending traditional vs. technological push-pull in music. But the Courtesy Tier are proving why alt-country speaks to us in these tough times. - QRO Magazine


"CMJ Night 2 feat Courtesy Tier"

That sound can’t be coming from just two people, right? Seriously, I must not be able to see the other band members from the angle I’m standing. No? – Really? – Wow!

Nearly every Bowery Electric patron who previously never had the pleasure of hearing Courtesy Tier perform must have participated in that exact exchange. Wielding only a guitar and drums, Omer Leibovitz & Layton Weedeman proved excellent musicians require very little to produce complex and appealing genre-crossing music. During the course of their set, the Brooklyn duo applied shades of grunge, R&B, southern rock, and blues to a never-dull canvas, at times harmonic, ceaselessly captivating, and climaxing with Hendrix-esque prestige.

Vocal chords refused to be upstaged by such brilliant instrumentation, keeping all neck hair at attention with a resonant coax, full of conviction that lost none of it’s vibrance using less distortion than their recordings. “Friend” was a personal favorite, although one would be hard pressed to find a laggard in the setlist. Along with Hollis Brown the prior evening at Spike Hill, Courtesy Tier provide a shining example that blues are very much alive in the BK. - RethinkPopMusic


"Best Live Acts of Winter/Spring - Countdown!"

If Omer Leibovitz started using heroin, he would be the next Link Wray: a mysterious guru lost in the six strings, lost in obscurity, but opening up floodgates for future disciples. Unfortunately for us, the past has happened and heroin is so passé. However, Omer’s playing is a full-throttle electrified jazz, structured with the straights of the blues. It kills. If Brooklyn were into guitar solos, he would be king. Ad the walloping and pounding and immaculate drums of Layton Weedeman and you have yourself The Courtesy Tier, the Brooklyn locals dancing a dark line of a grunge laden, Black Keys rock. And unfortunately for The Courtesy Tier, Brooklyn is into the soft-core, crooning, spaced-out heartthrobs. The Tier in Brooklyn is like Townes Van Zandt opening for The Beach Boys; it’s like the Sex Pistols playing for the Queen. But on one of those special nights when the right people celebrate the right thing (like the second full-length release from The Courtesy Tier, Resolution), and the right energy collides with the right electrons and a wonderful display of affection and camaraderie and bold declarations for the future of music happens, people leave with a new and inspired appreciation for live sets. People down in front sweat and jive hard. And that’s exactly what happened at Pianos. They burned through intense versions of oldies like “Friend” and “Cold.” While in the past, The Tier might have just sped through their set, with their new album, Resolution, they are stacked with newer and slower, almost country songs to give their live acts more diversity. This show proved the Tier could shake it up throughout and keep the crowd on their toes. Here's a taste of what the more heated numbers sounded like. - Knocks From The Underground


"Northside Music Festival: Play-by-Play Coverage"

Beginning the evening were The Courtesy Tier, a two-piece from Brooklyn. While I feel like there have been two pieces popping up all over the place lately, I’d been hearing about The Courtesy Tier for sometime. Just ask my compatriot Ting Ting Guan, she’ll gush for hours about them. Anyway, for once the hype matched up to the bands performance.Decidedly groove oriented, The Courtesy Tier could best be described as a rock and roll band that loves R&B, except with a much different execution. The band rose higher than just being blues rock, they played blues rock that makes you want to shake, rattle, and roll. Adding to the band’s energy was the tight interplay between both members, both members of the band played off one another really well to the point where almost everyone in the audience was moving by the end of their set. - blaqbook, Aaron Miguel Santos, June 16, 2011


"Best of NYC #34: The Courtesy Tier, live on Bedford Ave, 6.21"

The powerful sound and bluesy harmonies that lace each track on The Courtesy Tier’s latest EP, “Map and Marker,” simply attest the to the fact that when it comes to music, less really can be more. The Brooklyn-based duo consisting of Omer on guitar and vocals, and Layton on drums and vocals, channels the raw, magnetic vibe of Jimmy Hendrix capped off with bluesy confidence and an electric energy that feels contagious at first listen. Uncontrived lyrics blend with catchy rhythms, giving listeners just enough rock to stimulate the body and words that will speak to an assortment of ages and tastes. It’s no surprise the satisfying melodies of The Courtesy Tier has them climbing quickly and seamlessly to the top of the Brooklyn music food chain. The Courtesy Tier will play Make Music New York on Bedford Ave (Williamsburg) on Monday June 21. – CM - The Deli NYC


"Show Review: Pianos | Monuments, Courtesy Tier, The Yes Way, The Prigs"

"...The Courtesy Tier, is a two piece group, but you wouldn’t know it from watching them play, their sound is huge and full. The Courtesy Tier had catchy beats that undoubtedly got my booty shaking. Damn, I was impressed. Not many two piece groups get my attention but, these guys were amazing." - Ting Ting Guan, Blaqbook


"The Courtesy Tier: October 21, 2010 NYCTaper CMJ Party"

I was introduced to The Courtesy Tier through our friends at Backyard Brunch Sessions, so while I knew they wrote excellent songs, I didn’t realize how hard they could actually rock. The duo of Omer Liebovitz on vocals and guitar and Layton Weedeman on drums and backing vox plays heavy, 70s-inspired rock that, even at 1:30 in the afternoon, had the power get people out of their seats. We could not have asked for a better act to kick off the NYCTaper Unofficial CMJ Day Party - guys with great attitudes, stellar music and an obvious love of what they do. Each of the four songs in this short set is a standout, perhaps none moreso than the closer, “Cold,” which the band also did an acoustic version of during their Backyard Brunch set. The band should be introducing their first full-length record to the world soon. We recommend you give it a listen, along with the singles and EPs available for sale at their website.

I recorded this set with the DPA microphones connected to a stud on the ceiling directly in front of the stage, combined with a soundboard feed for the vocals. The results are outstanding. Enjoy! We recorded all 12 sets at the NYCTaper show, and will post them all soon. - acidjack, nyctaper


"The Courtesy Tier release debut album "The Resolution" at Pianos on May 26"

The Courtesy Tier, Brooklyn-based duo and experts in the multiplication of sound, have completed their full length record, “The Resolution.” Sauntering beats and freewheeling vocal/guitar melodies of “Standing Near” introduce the bight but haunting nature of the album. A rush of distortion, recurring arpeggios, and syncopated percussion on “Rescue” transition into “Peaches” which steers “The Resolution” into a harder direction, while “Alright Mama” decelerates the record into a beautifully crafted, poignant lullaby. Light drums proceed into guitars that alternate between ringing and grungy on “Morning Run”. “Hey Bee” commences with vibrant vocals that are joined unexpectedly by sultry riffs and heavy-hitting backbeats. Howling and echoing “Calling Out” fades into the final track, “Home,” which rounds out the record, returning to the peacefully melancholy mood. “The Resolution” is a masterfully made album that balances bluesy, balladic, and buoyant. Come out and celebrate the release of “The Resolution” on May 26 at Pianos. –Meijin Bruttomesso - Meijin Bruttomesso, The Deli Magazine


"NY Band Briefs"

Courtesy Tier is another band using the Indie train to bring us back to the blues. Like the Black Keys and White Stripes and a couple others, Courtesy Tier pounds off with the drum and guitar duo trick. With only three mics and a room not larger than a closet, the two recorded their first album last summer, Map and Maker. The result shows us a band with some heavy noise and grunge. Guitarist Omer Leibovitz keeps his melodies simple but poignant and sharp, speeding up old John Lee Hooker riffs. His guitar has a definite edge and oomph to it. He uses a similar technique to the old blues greats, before electric basses were invented, keeping a thick rhythm with the lower strings and ripping out treble with the higher strings. Drummer Layton Weedeman compares with Stone Temple Pilots’ drummer, Eric Kretz: really loud, but clear and crashing drum lines. He’s radical, smashing with might. Their strength is definitely in their instrumentals, not jams or solos but extended rock outs where the hair and sweat flows and the high-flying noise expands and claims the environment. Songs like “Friends” may border on head-banging, making them an easy target for The Trash Bar, but where some heavy metal bands melt and fade into silliness, Courtesy Tier remains a more soulful, heavy blues band. A great song to check out is “Buddy Casey,” one of their more psychedelic numbers. It’s slower, but has a definite rebelliousness and drive to it. It’s the sound of an army of vigil antis lurking in the shadows, dwelling in their desire for some sort of vengeance. Courtesy Tier is a reminder that good things happen when you stick to the roots. - Sam Houghton, Knocks From The Underground


"Silver Sound Band Battle @ Public Assembly 8.12.09"

The band’s spotless performance is attributable to the fact that guitarist, Omer Leibovitz, and drummer, Layton Weedeman, have been playing together for over seven years. The result is reminiscent of Cold War Kids’ music – a hard but energizing kind of rock that is only possible with the aid of true talent. Fittingly, the band closed with “Cold,” a fast-licking number that demanded from both band members a dexterity that bordered on virtuosity. - Veronica Thew, Jezebel Music


"From jazz band dropout to first-tier sound"

Moorestown native Layton Weedeman has always wanted to be a musician.
Growing up on Central Avenue, in the same house his mother grew up in, Weedeman constantly practiced on the drum set his parents bought him when he was 13.
Although he tried out for the jazz band at Moorestown High School, he said he didn’t stick with it.
He did, however, stick with the drums, taking private lessons that lasted all the way through high school – and that got him somewhere.
Today, the 27-year-old Weedeman lives in Brooklyn, working as a certified optician by day and making music with best friend and band mate, Omer Leibovitz, by night.
Weedeman and Leibovitz make up The Courtesy Tier, a two-man band that released its debut album, “Map and a Marker,” last March.
The band was formed about a year-and-a-half ago, but Weedeman and Leibovitz have been making music together for about nine years.
They met in 2001 while both attending Berklee College of Music in Boston.
In the years following, they stayed close to the Boston area, forming two or three bands that had as many as seven members at times, but always sticking together.
“Layton and I – between all those bands – have always connected and kept working together,” Leibovitz said.
While in their last band, Weedeman, Leibovitz and a bass player decided to move from Boston to Brooklyn to be closer to their families.
When their bass player left, the two were left to make music together with Weedeman on drums and vocals and Leibovitz on guitar and lead vocals.
The music they make is of a genre that critics have coined blues/punk, a sound that Leibovitz describes as “blues cranked up past rock and roll.”
Leibovitz said the sound incorporates blues guitar riffs and techniques, like finger picking, with very hard-hitting drums, making a sound that he said one critic equated to “the Black Keys on overdrive.”
Weedeman and Leibovitz both said they reached a milestone in their career with the release of their first album – something they had been meaning to do for years.
“During the past nine years, with all the different collaborations we did with other band mates and friends, we had recorded a couple of times,” Weedeman said. “We had gone into the studio and meant to make a CD and release it, but it never actually went all the way through.”
The duo released the CD on their own with little money to make it happen.
“Releasing our record was a milestone because it was something we had done completely by ourselves,” Leibovitz said. “It wasn’t a milestone that we put it out, it was a milestone that we were able to without any funds, without any money.
“We recorded all of it ourselves and just kind of trudged through the mud to get it finished and get it out.”
Throughout the years, both say they’re grateful to have stuck together and to have each other’s continued support.
“He’s my best friend and we never take it for granted that we’ve been able to stick together for so long and make music, not only just to have fun with it and to tour and go out to different places, but also being able to work together really well and being able to see eye-to-eye and always get things done,” Weedeman said. “Being in New York, there are tons of artists and bands here.
“There’s a lot of competition. We never take it for granted that we can always count on each other.”
Although the Moorestown High School jazz band thing didn’t exactly work out for Weedeman, he said he always played in bands throughout his youth. He remembers playing in battle of the band competitions at the Moorestown Recreation Center.
“I was always heavily involved with music,” he said.
And he always stuck with those drums.
Weedeman, whose parents still live in the Central Avenue house where it all began, said he’s always enjoyed coming back to Moorestown to visit his family ever since leaving for college.
“I think Moorestown is a great town,” he said.
“I love coming back to Moorestown because it’s so relaxing. It’s quiet and it’s very quaint. I think there are a lot of creative people there and I still enjoy going back there now.”
Weedeman and Leibovitz dedicate their days to their full-time jobs, but at night, they come together to work on their craft. Their shows are primarily based in Brooklyn and New York City, but they said they plan to come to Philadelphia at least once every month or every two months this year.
Their next Philadelphia performance was scheduled for Jan. 12 at Panda Bar in University City. Weedeman said they were the first of three bands scheduled to perform at the show.
For more information about The Courtesy Tier as well as upcoming concert dates, visit their Web site at www.thecourtesytier.com or follow them on Myspace at www.myspace.com/thecourtesytier and on Twitter at twitter.com/TheCourtesyTier. - Aubrie George, The Moorestown Sun


"The Courtesy Tier at Pianos"

"We’ll play better for you if you show that you like us,” promised the frontman of Brooklyn’s The Courtesy Tier last Sunday night, from the Showroom stage at Pianos. He must have been satisfied by the audience’s response, as the cohesive guitar/drum duo gave their all throughout their vigorous eight-song set. Loud and gritty, and sounding something along the lines of The Black Keys on overdrive, The Courtesy Tier’s music was bluesy-rock mixed with a dash of chaos. The final song in particular seemed to form out of the turbulent ether, with an extended intro featuring soft mallets on cymbals and guitar din. Live looping and a darker, sparser sound set the third song apart from the others, while the fourth song featured a rare repeating melodic pattern in the guitar, turning the song into a kind of indie ballad.

Frenetic and intense, The Courtesy Tier rise. - Meg Wilhoite, kleineKultur - NYCKultur


"The Courtesy Tier - Map and a Marker"

In this current indie landscape where countless bands seem intent on churning out inaccessible albums in the name of experimentation, The Courtesy Tier's straightforward blues/garage rock hybrid sounds out of place. Of course there are still plenty of indie bands who understand that muddying the water just to make it look deep doesn't always work, and that sometimes lyrical and musical directness and a lack of bullshit frills is the best approach. Still - to these aging 31-year old ears at least - too often modern albums fail because they try to accomplish too much, with too many studio tricks, synths, layers, reverbs, bells, whistles, cocks and weenies thrown into the mix. If I sound like a Luddite, so be it, but it's hard to argue that such studio and software program excesses haven't hindered more albums than they've helped.

Although it won't spawn any new musical genres, The Courtesy Tier's Map and a Marker succeeds because of its direct and organic approach. Its five songs pulse with ringing guitars, insistent drums, soaring lead vocals and occasional background harmonies. A Brooklyn-based duo consisting of Omer Leibovitz (guitar/vocals) and Layton Weedeman (drums/vocals), the band approaches each track quite similarly, reducing the songs to their most basic elements. From opener "Buddy Casey" to closer "While I'm Gone," the songs' momentum never really lets up. There are few wasted notes and no extraneous filler here; even the sometimes-lengthy instrumental breaks found on most songs (especially "Friend") do not sound overindulgent in the least.

The mix is likewise punchy and vibrant; in a welcome break from the incoherent sludge that too often comes across this reviewer's ears, the vocals are up front and entirely audible. Leibovitz's voice is strong and fits in nicely with the songs' arrangements, avoiding those ticks and histrionics that tend to invite parody and well-deserved derision from indie fans. While not remarkable, the lyrics avoid gut-wrenching poetics and are solid enough, with "Cold" heavy with fatalistic undertones and "While I'm Gone" ambiguous in its narrator's intentions (why does the narrator keep advising someone to not leave the porch light on?). Map and a Marker sounds labored over and crafted but not excessively so; the duo's instrumental proficiency is apparent throughout but never makes the songs feel clinical or predictable.

At a shade over 20 minutes, Map and a Marker is brief, but as an EP it offers a great introduction to The Courtesy Tier. Though the duo's style is not revolutionary and other bands mine similar musical territory - I can already see the inevitable comparisons to The Black Keys - the songs here are both unpretentious and uniformly excellent, with an economy of playing that bypasses fluff in favor of substance. While there's always pause for praising a band too much based only on an EP, Map and a Marker shows a band playing to its strengths and foregoing those studio embellishments in favor of something immediate and direct.

by Eric Dennis - Eric Dennis, Spectrum Culture


"From The Editor's Desk"

Remember when the White Stripes were a novelty? Now the idea of a two-person band in indie-rock is commonplace; add to the list The Courtesy Tier - Omer Leibovitz (guitar/vocals) and Layton Weedeman (drums/vocals,) who infuse this 5-song EP with a finely honed sense of dread. There’s something almost creepy in the droning vocals and frenetic tempos, a nuanced sense of urban menace that helps the stripped-down arrangements hold your interest. Melding basic blues tropes with sinuous, deceptively intricate world-beat rhythms, the clarity and focus of these five songs parlay the adage “less is more” into a beguiling introduction to a band I’ll be listening for in the future. – - Jim Testa, Jersey Beat 2008


"The Courtesy Tier @ Mercury Lounge"

They took the stage, the duo, be-flanneled and hairy, singer and guitarist Omer Leibovitz’s worn features circling, bird-like, in front of the microphone, while Layton Weedeman saddled up next to him, nestled by a drumset. Mercury Lounge’s audience filtered in punctually. Though cold as shit and rainy outside, inside was warm and cozy with fans and friends savoring the raw flavor of blues-burnt rock.

You know them, you love them, because The Courtesy Tier are seasoned performers and musicians, and play together like a no-frills dynamic duo, neither member pushing for the prominent role. Pretty much constant playing is required by both for their rocking symbiosis — Omar provides the thrashy guitars and punk-blues vocals, and Layton the clicking, splashing foundation of drums and vocal harmonies. The vibe was all the more welcoming as the Courtesy Tier sounds pretty mature, because they don’t treat the audience like idiots. They are comfortable presenting their own thing, fine with being themselves onstage, not relying on patronizing shock value or cutesy bullshit.

The set was songs on the short side, lyrics as honest and forthright as their instrumental playing: “I need a friend… I need a friend… I need a friend to show me how to live again.” They capture simple, serious, important feelings that none of us pay particular attention to, and preserve them in concise songs that just get the point across. But they’re not downers either, as each song has a Hendrix-like heaviness and an old school blues influence (often with unison guitar and vocal lines), played with smashing precision. They’re playing at Don Pedros on Feb. 6th in Brooklyn, recommended!? - Ross Edwards, Knocks From The Underground


"Open Contest Result: INDIE ROCK + ELECTRO ROCK: The Courtesy Tier"

Categories: Indie Rock + Electro Rock
Region: NYC + NJ + Long Island
Jurors: Deli Ryan, Chicago and Philadelphia Editors

NOMINATED FOR NEXT PHASE
1. The Courtesy Tier - 8
2. Anamanaguchi - 7.5
2. Streetlab - 7.5
2. Zambri - 7.5 - The Deli Magazine


"The Courtesy Tier plays The Delancey on June 6"

There are many great duos in music today: The White Stripes, Matt & Kim, Tegan & Sara. Very soon, we will be able to add The Courtesy Tier to the ongoing list of duos making an impact. With hints and traces of Explosions in the Sky and The Von Bondies, The Courtesy Tier has the perfect combination of alt rock and blues running through their bloodstream and spends no time shoving it in your face like wedding cake. “Map and a Marker” is a their debut EP, check the guys out at The Delancey on June 6. - Nicholas Palumbo - Nicholas Palumbo, The Deli Magazine


Discography

Little Rock EP - released November 6, 2015

In Some Dreams (single) - released 2013

Something Better (single) - released 2013

Holy Hot Fire EP - released October 21, 2011

The Resolution - released September 2011

Wishes (single) - released June 22, 2010

Map and a Marker EP - released March 31, 2009

I Didn't Know (single) - released August 2, 2008

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Bio

Courtesy Tier is a three piece rock group from New York City channeling the heavy blues of the past and melding together an edgy sound of the future.