Live Review: Parquet Courts @ ULU 25.06.14

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Brooklyn four-piece Parquet Courts are something of an enigma. If you judged them solely on a quick listen to their 2012 debut ‘Light Up Gold,’ you would expect to rock-up tonight and catch a typical brash – leather clad New York act… But we’ve quickly learned Parquet Courts don’t follow too many hometown musical clichés, as proven on their new LP ‘Sunbathing Animal’ where they swap the sub-2 minute post-punk numbers of ‘Light Up Gold’ with a bigger more well-rounded production.

Tonight the band arrived on stage in the student union following a dark 25 minute doom-fuelled set from their Brighton support The Wytches;and frontman Andrew Savage is immediately taken back by the apparent rowdiness from the usually “Stiff” London audience.

Sticking mainly to a formula of tracks taken from their latest LP ‘Sunbathing Animal,’ the hour long set could have been doubled such is the back catalogue the band have built up from their two studio albums & a couple of EP’s released in between.

The free spirited-slackers frantic set was only interrupted by the overzealous security which frontman Andrew Savage took exception to ranting; “Just wanna say to the house security, we can hold our own up here” and they certainly can hold their own on any stage…  Tonight they confirmed to us why they’re the best thing to come out of the Big Apple this side of The Strokes

******** (8/10)

By Michael Jamison

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