If ever there was a band that could eliminate the mundaneness of a cold and misty November Monday night, it’s surely New York City’s Parquet Courts. Bonfire night was to be deemed irrelevant and Guy Fawkes forgotten; for tonight was the return of America’s foremost chair of the indie-rock resistance.
The NYC based outfit released their sixth studio album, ‘Wide Awake’, in May 2018 after teaming up with legendary producer, Danger Mouse. Allowing for a pop polish on a record described by the band as ‘indebted to punk and funk’, ‘Wide Awake’ – led by its adept basslines – tiptoes the line between punk and dance, solidifying a politically engaging album that in the live setting proves an energetic and refreshing triumph.
It would be no exaggeration to proclaim Parquet Courts one of 2018’s bands of the year – therefore I shall. This evening has been a masterclass in indie-rock and has put the vast majority of the genre’s disciples to shame. Raw, politically-fuelled and relevant – this is how it should be done.