(Photo: Ben Rayner)
Brooklyn-via-Texas post-punk rockers Parquet Courts will headline two shows in the Bay Area this week as part of a U.S. tour flanked between two Texas festivals, Chaos in Tejas and Austin City Limits. The band will perform with San Francisco’s Cocktails and Pang on June 7 at Rickshaw Stop, and with Pure Bliss and Meat Market for an afternoon show on Sunday, June 9 at 1-2-3-4-Go! Records in Oakland.
The young four-piece released its acclaimed proper debut LP, Light Up Gold, last year. As the follow-up to the overlooked cassette release American Specialties, Light Up Gold matches the raw energy of the band’s earlier effort while polishing its dynamic songwriting capabilities, spearheaded by guitar/vocals/lyrics duo of Andrew Savage and Austin Brown.
The album’s slacker pop singles “Borrowed Time” and “Stoned and Starving” caught the attention of Noisey, who documented Parquet Courts on a stretch of its tour from SXSW in Austin to Festival NRML in Monterrey, Mexico after bassist Sean Yeaton quit his day job. In addition to footage from the band performing on the pedestrian bridge in Austin during SXSW, which I was lucky enough to witness in person, the “Light Up Gold Road Trip” documentary shows the band dropping acid and peyote after playing at the Mexico festival. These guys can definitely party on top of writing catchy and dynamic punk anthems, a lifestyle that the father of Andrew and Max Savage (drums) seems to endorse.
Parquet Courts, Cocktails, Pang
June 7, 2013
Parquet Courts, Pure Bliss, Meat Market
June 9, 2013