November 21, 2012

Parquet Courts

"Post-punk" has got to be the year's go-to genre descriptor for lazy bloggers who need to define every up-and-coming NY-Centric band that dabbles in punchy guitar riffs without fully dedicating themselves entirely to one side of the punk or "indie" rock spectrums. In passing, AS has seen recent BUZZSounds YVETTE, SLEEPIES and Heaven's Gate all thrown into the same pile despite not really sharing many common stylistic points between themselves. It's got to leave listeners scratching their heads as to what it means to be post-punk in 2012, and thankfully, these tastemakers have finally figured out how to properly apply the label in Parquet Courts. It probably wasn't so hard to get this one right, however, as the Brooklyn transplants feature frontman Andrew Savage, of the possibly departed Fergus & Geronimo, whose sound they use as a jumping off point. With his bro, Max, on drums, bassist Sean Yeaton and Austin Brown sharing guitar and vox duties up front, Parquet Courts stack and twirl angular riffs at a dizzying rate. The intermingling soft shouts say "Buzzcocks" while the poppy repetition and stoned out lyrics bring Sonic Youth's early millennial material to mind, all which can be heard on their debut album Light Up Gold. Originally released on their own label Dull Tools in July, it's now set for a re-release via What's Your Rupture?, whom they've just signed to. The quartet are also packing for a lengthy tour across the east coast and mid-west into the new year, in which they'll play an adopted hometown gig on December 21st with Fucked Up, Lemuria and Night Birds. Because playing with that collective of bands clears up misconceptions about their style and all. Ah, fuck all these labels...

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