We caught up with The Courteeners hours before their U.S. debut at the Mercury Lounge and days before they kicked off their plum gig opening for Morrissey on tour. They filled us in on what to drink pre-show (chilled red wine is good for the vocal chords) and where they drink back home in Manchester. Like The Hot Melts, these rockers from the North seem to have a fondness for the pub chain J D Wetherspoons, their local branch being The Moon Under Water. (I neglected to direct them towards the rather posher-than-Wetherpsoons bar at Harvey Nichols Manchester, where my man Matt Fairhurst is performing absolute wizardry.) If you haven't heard The Courteeners you can preview their album St. Jude on lala.com here. J.R.