by Bill Pearis
Parquet Courts at DbA 8/18/2012 (via @BrooklynVegan instagram)
I was walking home from seeing Sonny & the Sunsets and Magic Trick at Glasslands on Saturday night when I walked past Death by Audio and remembered that Parquet Courts were playing a record release show. The night was early (relatively), I'd been meaning to see them live for some time, so I went in to check it out.
Parquet Courts is the most recent musical venture from Andrew Savage of Fergus & Geronimo and Teenage Cool Kids. Where F&G are a catchall of whatever styles Savage (and Jason Kelly) are into at the time, Parquet Courts definitely have a sound: nervvy '80s style American indie, the kind found on labels like SST and Homestead and occasionally made by Camper Van Beethoven when they weren't hippie-ing out. (Early Pavement too, for that matter.) Savage and Austin Brown don't so much sing as yell which works perfect with the tension filled music that's ripe for spazzy dancing, of which there was much going on at DbA Saturday night.
As mentioned, the show was a record release party for Parquet Courts debut album, Light Up Gold, which is out now via Dull Tools. You can stream the whole magilla below and if you like it you can buy it on gold-colored vinyl. With Fergus & Geronimo on the road with Jaill starting this week (and a new album out you can stream below via Spotify), Parquet Courts don't have any shows scheduled at the moment, but do keep an eye out for their next gig. Meanwhile, F&G have two upcoming NYC shows: September 10 at Mercury Lounge (tix) and September 11 at Maxwell's (tix).
Album streams and Fergus & Geronimo dates are listed below.
Fergus & Geronimo - 2012 Tour Dates
8.26.12 - Pittsburgh, PA - The Cat House
08.27.12 - Columbus, OH - Double Happiness
08.28.12 - Nashville, TN - The Brick Factory
08.29.12 - Beaumont, TX - Victoria House
08.30.12 - San Antonio, TX - Ten Eleven
08.31.12 - Austin, TX - Beerland
09.01.12 - Denton, TX - Hot Wet Mess ^
09.03.12 - Kansas City, MO - The East Wing/Tortilla Flats
09.04.12 - Chicago, IL - TBA
09.05.12 - Detroit, MI - The Lager House *
09.06.12 - Toronto, ON - Rivoli *
09.07.12 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore *
09.09.12 - Somerville, MA - Johnny D's *
09.10.12 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge *
09.11.12 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell's *
09.12.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's * ~
09.13.12 - Washington, DC - Comet Ping Pong *
09.14.12 - Greensboro, NY - Blind Tiger *
09.17.12 - Atlanta, GA - 529 Club *
09.18.12 - Asheville, NC - Emerald Lounge *
09.19.12 - Baltimore, MD - TBA
^ - w/ Black Lips, No Age, Big Freedia, + more
* - w/ Jaill
~ - w/ Tough Shits