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Parquet Courts

Whatever direction rock music has taken in the past few years, it’s comforting to know that bands like Parquet Courts still exist, leading us to believe that even way off in the distant future, people will recognize that the right kind of jangly guitar sound is enough to make you get sloppy drunk (age permitting) or at least jump up and down a bunch. Andrew Savage, who served honorably in Brooklyn-via-Texas outfit Fergus & Geronimo, takes center stage on Light Up Gold, its relentlessly hooky guitar-bass-drum rush providing a perfect soundtrack to every Saturday night for anyone between the ages of 10 and 50.


What’s the biggest misconception about being a band in this city?
I guess a lot of people from outside New York, especially people from outside the country, think that there is a real tight-knit scene here, and that isn’t really the case. I have a lot of friends in the DIY community here, but I wouldn’t describe the scene as tightly knit. But I think that’s changing, too.

On tour for a month, what three albums would get the most play in the van?
ABBA, Gold; Woo, It’s Cosy Inside; Skrewdriver, All Skrewed Up.

Ideal four-band bill —who’s playing with you, and where are you playing?
PC Worship, Tyvek and Yuppies at Death By Audio.

Favorite song about NYC?
“Rockaway Beach.”

If you had to relocate to another city, where would you be headed?
I probably wouldn’t relocate to another city. If you’re gonna live in a city, this is the place to be. When I leave NYC it will be to sink into hermitude.

Photo by Ben Rayner

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