photos by Ivey Haber; words by Bill Pearis
Texas ex-pats Parquet Courts released their debut album, Light Up Gold, back in August on their own Dull Tools label and the record (and band) have been building buzz ever since. The album gets a repress this week via Brooklyn indie label What's Your Rupture? and the band played a re-release party at Death by Audio on Friday (1/11) in celebration, which was also the last date on the band's first tour.
Not sure how the rest of the world feels about the band but Parquet Courts definitely have New York's attention, and with features in The Village Voice and Pitchfork, the show hit capacity about two songs into the second band of the night's set. It was as packed as I've seen DbA which was also sporting new art on the wall behind the stage, an angular collage by Maya Hayuk. Bye bye Marissa Paternoster dog illustration and giant head of DbA's Edan Wilbur.
Despite co-frontman Austin Brown being under the weather and the somewhat obtrusive presence of an onstage videographer, Parquet Courts put on a great set and the crowd was primed to dance to Light Up Gold standouts like "Borrowed Time," "Donuts Only" and the album's title track. A bit of stage diving too, via a perfectly-timed leap from Beach Fossils' Dustin Paysuer between the one-two punch of "Master of My Craft" and "Borrowed Time." (Austin Brown also jumped into the frey, playing guitar on his back across the sweaty crowd.) With the album being one of the more quotable in recent memory, there was a lot of shouting along as well. In addition to most of Light Up Gold, the band also delivered a nice cover of The Kinks' "This Strange Effect."
Parquet Courts head to the West Coast this week for some shows in California and a few in the Pacific Northwest with Naomi Punk. Those dates are listed below.
Earlier in the night we got sets from bad trip noiseniks PC Worship, the skeletal post-punk of Household and Washington DC's riot grrl-esque Priests. Picturess of their sets, plus a few more shots of Parquet Courts are below.
Parquet Courts - 2013 Tour Dates
01/15/2013 Los Angeles , CA / the Echo
01/16/2013 San Francisco, CA / the Hemlock
01/18/2013 Portland, OR / Bunk Bar with Naomi Punk
01/19/2013 Seattle , WA / Cairo with Naomi Punk