You know, you occasionally come upon a band and think, why haven’t I heard them before? I had that feeling this weekend with Parquet Courts, a New York indie band. Their first album, “Light Up Gold” came out in 2013. Where was I?
I only got to check them out because they are on the bill for Latitude this year. My friend Jon told me they were a bit like the Ramones. That was enough…
The album starts brilliantly with two tracks, “Master of My Craft” and “Borrowed Time” which are straight from the rich heritage of The Strokes, Television, The Ramones, Jonathan Richman. I loved those two straight away. “Borrowed Time” especially. You gotta hear it!
Another great track is “Stoned and Starving”. Here’s a live version.
The album itself heads towards Sonic Youth and hardcore territory in places, which is fine, but not as exciting as the short sharp songs, for me. It will be interesting to see how the band develops and to find out how they go down at Latitude in July.
Can’t wait for that finale of “Borrowed Time” !