Austin, Texas quartet Courrier are that breathe of fresh air that is so badly needed in an industry teeming with mediocrity and lack of innovation. Unlike most of their competitors, this group is loaded with an arsenal of passion-infused, melodic and hook-filled rock that will have you utterly infatuated. Comparisons to all-star acts Coldplay, Death Cab for Cutie and Kings of Leon aside, Courrier bring to the table their own unique and unavoidable brand of alternative rock.

Guitarist Philip Edsel of the Texas based alternative rock band Courrier spoke to me recently about their debut full-length release, A Violent Flame. Standing out in an overcrowded genre is a tall order, especially on a debut record, but that is exactly what Courrier are poised to do. Their incredibly inspired, honest brand of music is loaded with powerful vocals and great melodies with introspective lyrics based on personal experience that resonate long after the songs are over. Courrier is a band to watch for; I feel they are destined for big things. Here’s what Edsel had to say.