Live Video: Parquet Courts at SXSW

photo by Dave Lichterman (view set)

As we previously noted, Brooklyn band Parquet Courts make a sound whose exact genre is hard to nail down. Settling comfortably into a blend of seventies and eighties punk, avante rock, 80s pop, and no wave, their songs harken to indie rock’s humble beginnings — think Blonde Redhead but less sad, a more melodic Unwound, Murray Street era Sonic Youth, Television, The Ramones, Lou Reed and many others. Lyrically, Parquet Courts is both dense and fun, almost academic even when they’re singing about being stoned and hungry or donuts. During their performance at Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, one of the most buzzed about sets at the KEXP broadcast, guitarist and vocalist Andrew Savage practically spit his vocal lines with a sense of urgency that easily recalled Fugazi’s Ian MacKaye. In fact, paired with the band’s other vocalist and guitarist, Austin Brown, Parquet Courts shared a similar dynamic to their D.C.-based predecessors but owned a sometimes jangly, often wailing, and always hook-filled sound of their own. Check out their intense set, live on KEXP during our SXSW broadcast, and be sure to catch them on June 13th in Seattle at Neumos:

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