Parquet Courts formed in Brooklyn, but they originally come from Texas. Comprised of Max Savage (drums) and his brother Andrew (guitar), Austin Brown (also guitar) and bassist Sean Yeaton. All this is somewhat irrelevant, because what you really need to know is that they live a normal life, they write about this normal life – yet they make it sound fucking cool. New EP Tally All The Things That You Broke, out on October 8th through What’s Your Rupture? takes the scuzz and fuzz with which they entered our lives and elasticises it, exploring boundaries through belters of tracks. It captures some of their live intensity, riffs battling and smashing throughout; it’s not slick, not polished, not in the slightest, but that’s what debut album “Light It Gold” did, and what works.
Opener ‘You’ve Got Me Wondering’ now almost verges on the romantic. ‘How do you ignite with out turning to ash?’ asks Max, before the whole thing explodes into fuzz. ‘Descend (The Way)’ does indeed descend in to this spiralling unbound and unhinged stumble, rumbling away before the sharp rhythms once again start and start. ‘The More It Works’ starts with toe tapping rhythms, familiar chord structure and a Strokes esque riff. It’s the direct life advice delivered in brattish and sloppy vocals that make it such addictive listening. They too do boring shit, they too have had hearts broken, they too sometimes feel like sinking into the ground.
The whole EP, indeed Parquet Courts whole offering, is based upon their easy observations on the mundane and the everyday – those parts of life that seem dull but actually make the fire and passion through which we all live. Partly boiling with frustration, partly accepting, the rash and brash pace with which simple couplets such as ‘want something they didn’t tell you want/want something without the words that they gave ya’ (The More It Works) makes them become if not deep social comment, real social experience.
‘Fall On Yr Face’ grinds along, trawling the gutter and dragging along everything with it, whoops, wailings, and scuzz. Final track ‘He’s Seeing Paths’ is the one that pushes the boundaries the most. Is this Happy Monday influenced? Are Parquet Courts going hip hop? Are those cow bells?
One thing that doesn’t change is the nifty lyrics, the raw and exposed battering riffs, and the bratty boldness. And for that we are glad. As the sleeve notes say ‘this song is about finding out that there is still so much you have to learn.’ The scrawlings go on, talking about what the record is, what it isn’t, but end with what is surely the band’s manifesto. ‘Atta Boy.’