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MusicUnderFire | April 20, 2014

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Parquet Courts to Play at Kung Fu Necktie in Support of Light Up Gold

Parquet Courts is gearing up to release their debut full-length record Light Up Gold on January 15th, and will be playing in support of it at Fish Town’s Kung Fu Necktie on January 10th.  The Texas-born and New York-based band flaunts a style in the instrumentally stripped down post-punk vein, and with this album captures partially the liberal idea that “you can be anything you want”, which at times manifests in slacking off.  The group started to make some positive waves with the release of the single, “Borrowed Time”, which kicks off with a bang on high-energy percussion and very riffy guitar.  The song features front man Andrew Savage singing fairly nostalgia-driven lyrics, and also weaves in two false endings, both rushing back to the same high-energy hook that introduced the tune.  Maybe these false endings are symbolic of memories that keep coming back to him…

Light Up Gold kicks off with the upbeat “Master of My Craft”, featuring fast-sung, almost spoken lyrics (that are almost as rhythmic as the drums) and a jangly, sprightly guitar line.  This fast-paced mood, at least instrumentally, pervades many of the songs throughout the album, which is rife with slightly dirty guitar riffs and rustic vocals evocative of Sonic Youth or The Fall.  The band is clearly going for something more than lyrical content in “Stoned and Starving”, and the title pretty much speaks for itself.  Some creative use of rhyming and alliteration is at work in the lyrics here, as well as repetitive guitar and sparse percussion.  All in all, the record boasts fairly brief but descriptive songs that give the listener an inside look at many aspects of inner-city New York subcultures, some more deviant than others.

Check out Parquet Courts’ website.

“Borrowed Time”

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