PARQUET COURTS – ” Walking at a Downtown Pace “

Posted: August 20, 2021 in MUSIC
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The Parquet Courts boys are back, and with one of the most antcipated records for 2021. Brooklyn’s own indie-rock cult heroes have announced their first new album since 2018’s acclaimed “Wide Awake”, 

Sympathy for Life“, coming October 22nd on Rough Trade Records. Though the band say they completed their new record pre-pandemic, lead single “Walking at a Downtown Pace” could not be more on point in capturing the feelings of this fraught time period, from the yearning to recapture day-to-day joys (“I’m making plans for the day all of this is through / Seeing my path and hearing the song I’ll sing and / Food that I’ll taste and all the drinks that I’ll consume”) to the cabin fever and isolation (“Pick out a movie, a sandwich from a screen / How many days of life will I spend underground?“). It’s cathartic to hear those feelings rendered against Parquet Courts’ celebratory, animated dance-rock, which adopts its eponymous fast pace, yet never comes across as rushed or harried. The band drew inspiration from Screamadelica, knitting their new record together from self-samples, yet on “Walking at a Downtown Pace,” you’d be hard-pressed to spot a seam. 

Parquet Courts announce new album ‘Sympathy for Life’ out on October 22nd and share the first video/single ‘Walking at a Downtown Pace’ direct by Daniel Arnold.

Ahead of the album, on October 20th ‘Feel Free – Sympathy for Life, Visualised’ will air – get a sneak peek experience of the full album with never-before-seen videos and extras. Early bird tickets will be $10 for the first 72 hours, then $15 after. Discounted Album + ticket bundles available on their store.

The band have also announced eleven(!) global pop-up events, go to and sign up for details.

*Pre-order from our Rough Trade store and receive a free Sympathy for Life, 11-card Tarot Set designed by Andrew Savage. New Album ‘Sympathy for Life’ out October 22nd,

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