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jueves, 4 de abril de 2013

Made In America - Parquet Courts

Parquet Courts is a band that’s gotten loads of attention lately here in the U.S., and deservedly so. This post-punk New York-Via-Texas quartet released their official debut album Light Up Gold last summer on front man Andrew Savage’s Dull Tools label to high acclaim from both the underground and the above underground scenes. Their “unofficial” cassette-only debut American Specialties was released in 2011 and has since been reissued on vinyl via Play Pinball! Records

Andrew Savage’s angsty vocals marry nicely with bandmates Austin Brown (guitar/vocals), Sean Yeaton (bass) and Andrew’s brother Max Savage (drums) but it’s not one of those cheesy “we do everything together” marriages. It’s one of those ones where everyone has their own ideas and personalities but when you are on the same page, man you are on the same page, and that page is awesome.

Light Up Gold smacks nostalgic for me in many ways, but with a youthful freshness. It’s a record that easily plays through with songs that continuously hit the sweet spot and seamlessly transition into each other. The dB’s, Feelies, Cap’n Jazz, and the Minutemen all seem influential but not directly so. Pinpointing Parquet Courts’ sound would be easier if I just threw random darts into my giant Case Logic cassette suitcase so I won’t try to anymore, I’m just gonna hit repeat and play.

Parquet Courts are on my summer concert list with a show in Atlanta in May and I can hardly wait.

Parquet Courts - Borrowed Time

The rest of Light Up Gold can be streamed here, enjoy:

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