Light Up Gold available August 18th from Dull Tools





Little was said about Parquet Courts’ debut effort, American
Specialties. Released exclusively on cassette tape, the quasi-album
was an odd collection of 4 track recordings that left those who were
paying attention wanting more. A year of woodshedding live sets passed
before the Courts committed another song to tape. The band’s first
proper LP, Light Up Gold, is a dynamic and diverse foray into the back
alleys of the American DIY underground. Bright guitars swirl
serpentine over looping, groovy post-punk bass lines and drums that
border on robotic precision. While the initial rawness of the band’s
early output remains, the songwriting has gracefully evolved. Primary
wordsmiths A. Savage and Austin Brown combine for a dynamic lyrical
experience, one part an erudite overflow of ideas, the other an
exercise in laid-back observation. Lyrically dense, the poetry is in
how it flows along with the melody, often times as locked-in as the
rhythm section.

“This record is for the over-socialized victims of the 1990’s ‘you can
be anything you want’, Nickelodeon-induced lethargy that ran away from home not out of any wide-eyed big city daydream, but just out of a
subconscious return to America’s scandalous origin,” writes Savage in
the album’s scratched-out liner notes. Recorded over a few days in a
ice-box practice space, Light Up Gold is equally indebted to
Krautrock, The Fall, and a slew of contemporaries like Tyvek and Eddy
Current Suppression Ring.

Though made up of Texan transplants, Parquet Courts are a New York
band. Throw out the countless shallow Brooklyn bands of the blasé
2000’s: Light Up Gold is a conscious effort to draw from the rich
culture of the city – the bands like Sonic Youth, Bob Dylan, and the
Velvet Underground that are not from New York, but of it. A panoramic
landscape of dilapidated corner-stores and crowded apartments is
superimposed over bare-bones Americana, leaving little room for
romance or sentiment. It’s punk, it’s American, it’s New York… it’s
the color of something you were looking for.

-Tim Hodgin


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