Parquet Courts Tickets
The Art School, Glasgow
The Leadmill, Sheffield
Rated 5 out of 5 by JJHerr from Liverpool Wind Factory/response to Lancashirearab's review In response to lancashirearab's review of Parquet Courts. Housewives were God awful, perhaps the most self indulgent support act I have ever heard, and that is going some. I hate to trash new bands but these lot took a support slot that would have been better filled by a great number of young, poor and struggling bands from all over the UK, people with something worth saying (that Parquet Courts fans could have warmed to, but you cannot warm to this music you can only scratch your beard to it). Yes they were a "non-stop battery of Swans/Sonic Youth/Joy Division/Faust style noise" and being a fan of that "dark" sound I should have liked Housewives. However it was ONLY noise, the group had no audible lyrics, no song structure or meaningful message to take away with you. It was "experimental" but we've heard it all before, just now it is minus the human connection. It wasn't believable either, from what I could tell they were just a bunch of boring art student. They weren't even greatly skilled in their experimentation and I was waiting for the end of the set from the very beginning. This at least allowed me to have a good look around the venue. Liverpool Invisible Wind Factory is a peculiar venue, it shouldn't work, but it does. It's all very arty. I couldn't believe this was their first gig here as things ran so smoothly. Parquet Courts were on top form, the venue was perhaps a little big if you wanted a sweaty and intimate gig but the group are getting enough casual fans to see them they would be foolish not to play venues this size (especially when travelling from the US). The band played a good range of material (perhaps a little biased to Light Up Gold and Human Performance?) which was played with passion. Savage's shouts were the most memorable part of the night along with Brown/Yeaton's stage banter and Brown's bass face. Yes Parquet Courts are "similar to the likes of Cars or a Talking Heads", they are a perfect blend of their influences. I would argue that while they aren't the most original band (I cannot think of a wholly original band from the last 25 years?), they are a band that do it right. They make music for the right reasons, without an ego and because it pleases them. They have intelligent lyrics, interesting guitar lines and are great song-smiths. My only moan is what I have always said about PC, they are a little hipster, "Stoned and Starving" should always be played at their gigs and the group should play the Midlands when they tour next. Perhaps lancashirearab should find out whether or not they like a group prior to buying an expensive ticket/travelling a great distance to see them and then trash talking on the internet? But that sounds too much like the sensible option...
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mr evil from PARQUET COURTS ARE BADASS! Best band in universe EVER. Luv 'em. Go see them. You'll like it.
Date published: 2016-10-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by lancashirearab from When the support band save the show! I went to this show with my wife and son. It was a thirsty night because £4.60 is a rip-off for a pint. Housewives were brilliant , delivering a non-stop battery of Swans/Sonic Youth/Joy Division/Faust style noise. In comparison, Parquet Courts were lifeless and uninspiring. You could tell the crowd were ready to go wild every time they injected a bit of pace, but then they would slow it down to a plodding dirge similar to the likes of Cars or a Talking Heads without the originality and sparkle of the David Byrne's lot. I can only remember leaving a concert early on three occasions and this was one of them.
Date published: 2016-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by Pete1981 from Great gig... great band!!! Had a blast... Parquet Courts are probably one of the most underrated bands on the go right now. Superb set list mixing old and new tunes. Decent venue with cracking sound/acoustics but the view isn't the best due to the pillars (not the bands fault)... everyone needs these guys in the lugs and lives.
Date published: 2016-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by mggrm from Excellent performance. I went to this event alone. I wanted to see the band. It was worth it.
Date published: 2016-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by Rabbit from I wish I'd filmed it This was a night out like no other - my first time visiting the Invisible Wind Factory in Liverpool and it will not be the last. Housewives kicked things off tonight - a threepiece from Gloucester with a sound all their own. We began in complete darkness with a slowly-building electronic intro, and a 30 minute sonic assault later we were left wondering what the heck just hit us. Like an acid jazz Gang of Four tribute band doing Jean Michel Jarre covers, this was a mind-bending and truly unique experience. We were now awake and anticipating the main event with the eagerness of an expectant father - I must admit to knowing little about Parquet Courts prior to seeing them live, but the irreversible seed has now been sown, due to the irrepressible enthusiasm and sheer musicianship of this amazing quartet from Brooklyn, NY. With an unerring sense of occasion, this hour long set of classically infectious rock brilliance was punctuated by the band's dry wit and humorous interaction with their ever-expanding throng of loyal followers, to which your author is an entirely willing and compliant +1. Only 24 hours have elapsed since the gig and I have already purchased tickets to see this band again in Manchester in October - by then I will have learned a lot more about this fantastic live act - I urge you to do likewise - this is a musical education and school's in for the summer. Brilliant. Cam Adair, 16 June 16.
Date published: 2016-06-16