Words by Wes Foster.
Relying on catchy guitar riffs and low key vocals, Parquet Courts’ music is a cross, like many bands, of indie rock and garage rock. As a band, they are somewhat virtuosos at writing songs. Each of them seems to provide vocals at some point, something that allows them to write in such a way that always allows the songs to feel current. Academy 2 rarely provides anything of spectacle, so with that in mind, the bands have to impress.
They’re the kind of band that must be enjoyable if you already like them. Their music is safe, and the tracks which went down best with the crowd were mostly those from their 2012 album, Light Up Gold, overall arguably their best received. If anything, watching them was like drifting into comfort-zone indie music which is neither emotionally revealing nor technically appealing and leaves you wondering what they’re actually bringing to music.
In front of me, someone was browsing the BBC News website midway through the gig, simultaneously to some who crowd surfed. It felt like a gig where people knew already how they wanted to behave, and there was a disconnect there. If you love the band and want some safe, foot-tapping indie, by all means go, but if you expect more, then don’t bother.
Parquets Courts played at Academy 2 on Monday 10 October, 2016.