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Parquet Courts have had a busy year, releasing great new album Wide Awake! back in May and touring almost nonstop since. The individual members also keep themselves occupied when not immersed in PC duties, and drummer Max Savage (brother of singer/guitarist Andrew Savage) formed his own group, Maxband, this year. Despite the name, Maxband is more than Max (who sings and plays guitar here). Bassist Patrick Smith (A Beacon School) also brings production/mixing skills, and the group is rounded out by drummer Eric Read (Bob Dylan Deathwatch) and lead guitarist Tim Nelson (Architectural Digest) — all four contribute to the songwriting.

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Maxband began playing back in the spring (shows have included opening slots for The Men and Tokyo Police Club), and they released their debut, Perfect Strangers, back in August via Gentle Reminder. (Perfect Strangers was their original name.) As a singer, Max sounds a little like his brother, but no one will mistake this record for Parquet Courts. There are riffy jammers (“Spent,” “Means to an End”), and a real fondness for ethereal dream pop, too. That side comes out on super catchy single “Jerry” — which features Patrick on lead vocals — and driving instrumental “Underground.” There’s a little Pavement-style indie rock creeping into songs like “Baggage Claim” but it too is on its own Maxband tangent. With eight songs clocking in at 24 minutes, Perfect Strangers is a quick, fun listen that leaves you wanting more.

released August 24, 2018

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Brooklyn’s Parquet Courts are the rock ‘n’ roll band we deserve in 2018, and “Wide Awake” is a major stylistic stride in the band’s growing discography. On the album’s title track, singer Andrew Savage’s decisive vocals guide a danceable beat in the spirit of David Byrne, with globally minded percussion and bells and whistles galore. Gritty bass lines from Sean Yeaton are crisp and prominent, alongside everything from Afro-beat rhythms to stoner-punk anthems. With production by Danger Mouse, this is some of the most intriguing rock we’ve heard thus far this year.

Parquets Courts‘ fifth album Wide Awake! – produced by Danger Mouse – is a groundbreaking work, an album about independence and individuality but also about collectivity and communitarianism. The songs, written by Andrew Savage and Austin Brown but elevated to even greater heights by the dynamic rhythmic propulsion of Max Savage (drums) and Sean Yeaton (bass), are filled with their traditional punk rock passion, as well as a lyrical tenderness. The record reflects a burgeoning confidence in the band’s exploration of new ideas in a hi-fi context.

From Parquet Courts’ album ‘Wide Awake!’, out 18th May on Rough Trade Records.

Parquet Courts - Wide Awake!

Parquets Courts’ fifth album Wide Awake! – produced by Danger Mouse – is a groundbreaking work, an album about independence and individuality but also about collectivity and communitarianism. The songs, written by Andrew Savage and Austin Brown but elevated to even greater heights by the dynamic rhythmic propulsion of Max Savage (drums) and Sean Yeaton (bass), are filled with their traditional punk rock passion, as well as a lyrical tenderness. The record reflects a burgeoning confidence in the band’s exploration of new ideas in a hi-fi context.

From Parquet Courts’ album ‘Wide Awake!’, out 18th May on Rough Trade Records.  *deluxe vinyl with 16-page double booklet of art and illustration by A. Savage available

Parquet Courts get funky on their latest with a little help from producer Danger Mouse. Whistles! Parquet Courts’ new album, Wide Awake! is out May 18th.