10th November| SWX

Across four albums and countless, yet no less important, extended releases in a little over five years, Parquet Courts have definitively made a name for themselves by being uniformly unconditional.

They’re intelligent, angst-ridden, brazen and unconventional. Yet they still manage to craft moments within which they channel their neither cryptic nor forthright perception. It sounds perpetually antagonistic to suggest that they answer to no one, yet they have an ability to reconfigure themselves without a considerable change in sound. They have always forged their own identity by doing exactly what they want, and have become a highly influential band in the process.

In album of the year challenger Wide Awake!, Parquet Courts perhaps have their most focused work yet, not that that means it’s in any way more diluted. ‘Tender’ and ‘Freebird II’ are Andrew Savage’s most vulnerable and emphatic conceptions yet, while the title track has immediately shifted ‘Stoned and Starving’ from its dusty pedestal of being the one song everyone has heard from Parquet Courts.

It’s a wide-reaching record; in their live sets, the band evoke this with impressive minimalism and simply working primally with what they have, to great effect.

See the video for ‘Wide Awake!’ here: