My New Favourite Band: Parquet Courts // Issue #6

By ajcolores

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The best way to tell you about Parquet Courts would be to direct your attention to a track called ‘Stoned and Starving’. It’s two chords, just the two of them, for five minutes, which does make it the longest track in their roster. After that you’ll be on a post punk high and Parquet Courts will be the only band that can fill that void with their disjointed slightly sour sounding tunes. There we have it, your new favourite band.

A fellow writer here at AltSounds (say hi to Jeremy) told me about these guys and I quickly fell in love with their debut full length Light Up Gold which came out earlier this year. It’s weirdly simple and ridiculously wonderful. It’s also quite terrifying as the raw erudite lyrics of A. Savage and Austin Brown slowly kick you in the teeth.

This is sparse music defined by its personal interactions, it’s lethargically battling the lethargy we’ve become culturally accustomed too. It’s influences are clear, but it is not The Fall or Pavement, Krautrock, or even The Beach Boys, it is just Parquet Courts.

Made up of Brown, Savage, Max Savage, and Sean Yeaton the four piece are Brooklyn incarnate which is of course because they are from Texas. The tales of wasted youth, ugly streets, boredom, and nostalgia and the lifeblood of that dilapidated landscape. From the perky bass lines and choppy guitar, to the precision drumming and droning vocal spasms this is the voice of modern America through and through whether it’s telling you to get up and go or wallowing in self-bred discontent.

WATCH // Parquet Courts - Stoned and Starving' (Live)

This is stripped down to its bare bones and its crystal clear recording means you won’t miss a second of those classic Savage affirmations that ring so true. Parquet Courts are easy to love and Light Up Gold is a killer debut that’s sure to become a classic.

So, stand up and give Jeremy a big, “Hey, thanks man!” for telling us all about these industrious little fuckers.

For fans of:
  • The Fall
  • Pavement
  • Tyvek

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