Posted in music | pictures on June 13, 2014

photos by Joe McCabe; words by Bill Pearis

Parquet Courts / Protomartyr (bottom) @ Sugarhill Supper Club
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Parquet Courts have been on tour with pals Protomartyr for a while and when it came to the tour's hometown stop, they planned something a little different. The show happened at Bed Stuy's Sugarhill Supper Club. The place -- maybe you went to the Crystal Ark show there three years ago -- feels like 1981 frozen in amber, somewhere the "disco sucks" movement never hit. There were at least four bars in the place, including one on the large astroturf patio that also housed an old Jaguar. Sugar Hill does not have a lot of live music and certainly not a lot of punk rock shows. Stage lighting was bright like a studio set (they were filming the show).

It was a bit of a culture clash at first. Security was serious business at the door, where all exits were final. "This is like a hipster jail," remarked Protomartyr's Joe Casey. "Have all the fun you want, you just can't leave." Touring with Parquet Courts has done a lot for the Detroit band who seemed looser than the two times I'd seen them previously this year. Casey really is like an American version of Mark E Smith -- though the band is more like a garagey Chameleons -- with wry observations and rants about the many things that irritate him. Nowhere is this displayed better than "Tarpein Rock," a litany of archetypes he finds loathsome and would like to see thrown off a cliff: "Rich crusts, adults dressed as children, do-nothing know-it-alls...most bands ever." For that one, they were joined by Parquet Courts bassist Sean Yeaton who sang the "Throw them from the rock!" part, and Austin Brown then joined for the last song of their set.

Parquet Courts have gotten very good at playing off of one another and while the show -- like the band's very good new album -- had a few jammy passages, they kept things exciting and Brown and singer Andrew Savage's interplay is pretty essential to their sound. Near them end, Brown (who looks more like Thurston Moore every day) was playing his guitar with a bottle of Lone Star. There was a little stage diving and crowdsurfing, which made the Sugar security a little nervous, but things stayed cool for the most part. Except for the actual heat and humidity, which was pretty bad by the time of PC's set. The band front-loaded their set with tracks from the just-released Sunbathing Animal, before unleashing most of Light Up Gold's shoutalong hits  -- pretty sure everyone joined in on "Socrates died in the fucking gutter!" No "Stoned and Starving" though.

The rest of the bill was filled out by friends. I got there in time to catch a couple songs from openers Xerox who came in from Iowa City just for the show. Their slashy, snarly style definitely fit into Parquet Courts' sonic world. (They've got a name-your-price EP on Bandcamp that's really good.) Future Punx, which features Andrew Savage's old bandmate Jason Kelly as well as his Dull Tools partner Chris Pickering, played a short, sharp set of their jittery new wave. If you haven't seen them yet, do make a point to, they're a lot of fun.

Unfortunately we don't have pictures of Xerox and Future Punx at Sugar Hill but there are a couple shots from the BV instagram below. Protomartyr will be back next month for a free show as part of the Seaport Music Festival. More pics from their and Parquet Courts' sets below...

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Comments (20)

I look forward to all the dorky BV anon transplants to complain about these guys being dorky transplants. Call 'em hucksters all you want, but the new record is excellent.

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 6:39 PM

"Sugar Hill does not have a lot of live music and certainly not a lot of punk rock shows."

Yeah, like this one

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 7:17 PM

Cassie Ramone was outside reading Tarot. How low can you go?

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 7:26 PM

don't believe the hype. they're shit.

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 7:38 PM

Protmartyr is a very good band.

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 8:18 PM

I love a man who can rock a shirt-pants tuck with gravitas.

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 8:23 PM

this looks not particularly awesome

kinda looks awkward

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 9:57 PM

Did any girls go this show?

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 10:51 PM

greatest band of all time ever. greatest concert of all time ever.

everyone else: please quit. we don't need you anymore.

PQ FOREVER

Posted by Anonymous | June 13, 2014 11:24 PM

^ Thanks for the laugh.

Parquet Floors is a better name.

10:51pm I saw one little cutie in a black a-shirt talking to some beardonerd in the middle of a pic showing a crowd.

Posted by D | June 14, 2014 1:00 AM

Bizarre venue, but great show

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2014 7:52 AM

sausage snooze fest

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2014 9:23 AM

Wishful thinking that the promoters could have taken the audience's experience into consideration at all.

But I suppose they were more focused on the wackiness of the venue (if you're impressed by that sort of thing) driving music website hits enough that the fact that everyone got disrespected at the ticket counter and by security plus had their enjoyment of the performances marred by hot bright lights that made the whole thing no fun...

All in all this was a dud

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2014 9:31 AM

^i think you're over exaggerating a bit, but the lighting was pretty lame. why are we in a cool disco club if the lights on the band are just gonna be full blast with nothing interesting going on? that was disappointing. hopefully they fix that for a future show.

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2014 10:48 AM

That's Dennis from It's Always Sunny in Parquet Courts, right? This is his band.

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2014 12:13 PM

9:31, sop being such a fucking baby. Maybe living room shows where you retain control of the dimmer switch & security is more your speed. There's something to bitch about at every venue or in any crowd if you're more focused on the little things vs. having a good time. Not surprisingly, most people there were having a blast... or maybe just pretending to be.

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2014 12:24 PM

Protomartyr has best album of 2014 so far.

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2014 8:23 AM

wow you people have shitty taste in music.

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2014 10:28 AM

How is this in any way a hometown show again? Aren't these pencil-pricked hicksters from Texas? So what now, you move somewheres for 2 or 5 years after college and suddenly it's your hometown?

And how avant garde for southern transplant inbreds to play at such an authentic Brooklyn venue in the same neighborhood they're displacing working class ethnic families from! Really impressive. Congrats, you hicks are re-writing history!

Please stop embarrassing yourselves and just move back to Texas to work for your father's oil companies according to the plan?

Posted by Rod Laver's Broken Pelvis | June 16, 2014 2:13 PM

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