Artists of the week: Parquet Courts
Parquet Courts (2010) are an American indie rock band from Brooklyn, New York, who quickly became darlings of both the music press and indie rock fans. The band consists of Fergus and Geronimo songwriter Andrew Savage (vocals, guitar), Austin Brown (vocals, guitar), Sean Yeaton (bass), and Max Savage (drums).
After releasing their debut, 2011’s American Specialties, exclusively on cassette, the band came up with the acclaimed Light Up Gold the following year: a record packed with punk-rock daily observations that reminded the energy of seminal bands such as Modern Lovers and The Feelies plus the sophisticated storytelling wit of Pavement.
Their third album, Sunbathing Animal (2004), not only granted then an entry in the Billboard Top 100 (#55) as it cemented them as one of the most fascinating American guitar acts of our era. In the same year, Andrew and Austin recorded and released in fast and low-fi fashion the fun and uncompromising Content Nausea which was followed by Monastic Living, an EP that one may call experimental as a sorry excuse for not saying it is utterly boring and unsatisfying.
Their fourth and recently released album, Human Performance, is a mind-blowing returning to form, featuring the most dynamic bunch of tunes ever written or performed by the band, merging contemplative noise, hooks and sharp lyrics in what is definitely one of the most rewarding listening experiences of the year so far.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.