There has been a lot of buzz going on with Parquet Courts since their debut album, Light up Gold. There has also been a lot of comparison between Parquet Courts and Pavement on the blogosphere. In fact, Steven Malkmus, of Pavement, once heard a Parquet Courts song and mistook it for a Pavement song.
While I’m not sure what that exactly means for Parquet Courts, I will say that their album Light Up Gold makes you want to grab a skateboard, light up a cigarette, and barrel down Mason Street (without a helmet) on a Friday afternoon. With exceptionally constructed songs, the album brings a fresh sound that captures a mischievous nature and a carefree energy where responsibility is, and should be, completely disregarded.
While originally from Texas, they deem themselves a Brooklyn band. Self-proclaimed music geeks, they reminisce in a few interviews about their Record Party days, where they would put on a record, and listen to it in silence until it was over, then proceed to analyze the album in detail. Even “one [girl showed up]… a few times.”
A band after my own heart, they put the lyrics first and foremost, and create melody around it: “Our music draws from the idea that words should be important, and music should come around them.”
If you will listen to only one song by Parquet Courts, Stoned and Starving is your jam, and will very likely be the encore at the GAMH show. Its effortless rhythm and mood is playful and catchy, leaving the guitar riff in your head after one or many plays. Get ready for some solid guitar and a lot of reverb.
Following Parquet Courts, will be White Fence:
Originally from a very underrated psychedelic band, Darker My Love, Tim Presley has gone solo under the band name White Fence. Releasing two albums in 2012, along with a fantastic collaboration album with Ty Segall, White Fence’s newest album, Cyclops Reap was released on Castleface Records (Thee Oh Sees’ John Dwyer’s record label). While originally from Los Angeles, it is fun to see SF tenderloin spots mentioned in two of the better songs on the album.
Having recorded the entire album in his own home, Cyclops Reap maintains White Fence’s true to form retro buzz, however the songs are a lot more melodic than previous albums. That being said, his shows are still intense and fantastic, based on his last show in San Francisco when he opened for Father John Misty. Be prepared for some heavy, psychedelic trips, and big waves of sound.
Check out some cool songs from Cyclops Reap, and come to the show on January 16:
WHITE FENCE / PARQUET COURTS
with: CCR Headcleaner
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Great American Music Hall
$16 – 7pm