Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Boxing Day @ Jumbo's: Parquet Courts

Posted By on Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 12:27 PM

An exceptional cadre of clattered  rock riffers assemble the day after X-mas, down at Jumbo's in Detroit, to welcome Brooklyn-based post-punk outfit Parquet Courts as they kick off a 2013-tour through the midwest and back-up the east coast.


Detroit's Protomartyr performed as part of a special release party for Courts' Light Up Gold back in the summer (out in NY). With those music/touring-bonds faithfully forged, the band TIME Magazine declared: "exactly what one wants New York City rock ’n’ roll to sound like:" decided Detroit was the best place to start their new push for Gold's release on What's Your Rupture records and that none other than Protomartyr should share in the fuzzed-out rattle-rock affair.


Sick of your in-laws? Sick of the muzak-ian stream of Christmas-music coming from the gaping horrors of megamall corridors? Need some pressure released? This could be the show for you - and right in the nick of time.

Most of Gold's tracks are in and out in less than 150 seconds but damn if they don't dent-in some catchy choruses after the dust clears. Nervy-enough in their rhythsm, aggressive and bristling and acerbic--enough in their tones and rickety riffs and yowling and melodically-mumbled just-enough to invite some, like this writer, to suggest a bit o' post-punk revivalism; the same kind of visceral elbow-to-the-ribs wobble of a Gang of Four, perhaps, or maybe even of our own Tyvek-tinged rough-cut charms. But maybe that's too easy... It's all shook up, for sure, but it skates along with this unassuming assurance; not a confident swagger and not too much of a spasmodic fuck-all fuzzed-out lo-fi splay, but goaded, perhaps, by their pop-proclivities (however layered in reverb or kicked with urgent rhythms), it must be... 'cuz I've still got these songs stuck in my head.

Parquet Courts main site. 

Also on this post-X-mas-showcase: Turn To Crime, Kommie Kilpatrick, and Protomartyr (the latter having just seen their own indie-release, via Urinal Cake Records selling-out... but there's a re-pressing on the way in 2013).

Sample some sounds:

Listen: Protomartyr - "Ypsilanti" 


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