“This record is for the over-socialized victims of the 1990’s ‘you can be anything you want’, Nickelodeon-induced lethargy that ran away from home not out of any wide-eyed big city daydream, but just out of a subconscious return to America’s scandalous origin,” writes Parquet Courts’ songwriter A. Savage in Light Up Gold’s scratched-out liner notes.
The band’s first proper LP is a dynamic and diverse foray into the back alleys of the American DIY underground. Bright guitars swirl serpentine over looping, groovy post-punk bass lines and drums that border on robotic precision. Primary wordsmiths Savage and Austin Brown combine for a dynamic lyrical experience, one part an erudite overflow of ideas, the other an exercise in laid-back observation. Recorded over a few days in an ice-box practice space, Light Up Gold is equally indebted to Krautrock, The Fall, and a slew of contemporaries like Tyvek and Eddy Current Suppression Ring.
Though made up of Texan transplants, Parquet Courts are a New York band. Throw out the countless shallow Brooklyn bands of the blasé 2000’s: Light Up Gold is a conscious effort to draw from the rich culture of the city – the bands like Sonic Youth, Bob Dylan, and the Velvet Underground that are not from New York, but of it. A panoramic landscape of dilapidated corner-stores and crowded apartments is superimposed over bare-bones Americana, leaving little room for romance or sentiment. It’s punk, it’s American, it’s New York… it’s the color of something you were looking for. Light Up Gold is out now on Dull Tools.
“‘Borrowed Time’ is a huge highlight led by a propulsive earworm guitar hook and quick-paced, no frills percussion loaded with momentum.” – Pitchfork
PARQUET COURTS TOUR DATES:
Thurs., Oct. 25 – Stony Brook, NY @ Stony Brook College
Sat., Oct. 27 – Storrs-Mansfield, CT @ UCONN w/ Lightning Bolt, Lemonade
Wed., Dec. 26th – Detroit, MI @ Jumbo’s w/ Protomartyr
Thurs., Dec. 27 – Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
Fri., Dec. 28 – Omaha, NE @ The Middle House
Sat., Dec. 29 – Kansas City, MO @ TBD
Sun., Dec. 30 Oklahoma City, OK @ Bad Granny’s
Mon., Dec. 31 – Denton, TX @ RGRS w/ Wiccans
Wed., Jan. 2 – Austin, TX @ Beerland
Thurs., Jan. 3 – Beaumont, TX @ Victoria House
Fri., Jan. 4 – Memphis, TN/Oxford, MS @ TBD
Sat., Jan. 5 – Nashville, TN @ TBD
Sun., Jan. 6 – Murray, KY @ Terrapin Station
Mon., Jan. 7 – Columbus, OH @ Café Bourbon St.
Tues., Jan. 8 – Pittsburgh, PA @ TBD
Wed., Jan. 9 – Washington, DC @ TBD
Thurs., Jan. 10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie w/ Priests