Re­peat per­for­mance

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music - Greig Johnston

IT seemed only a mat­ter of time be­fore Par­quet Courts be­came the big­gest band in the world.

Back in 2012, af­ter the re­lease of the al­bum Light up Gold, it was a fait ac­com­pli; the crit­ics and cool kids were all in on the se­cret.

Four years on, how­ever, the New York rock­ers re­main stead­fastly them­selves and on the fringes.

But their lat­est al­bum, Hu­man Per­for­mance, is a lo-fi mas­ter­piece.

In the ti­tle track singer/guitarist An­drew Sav­age lays his heart bare, writ­ing pos­si­bly the best, cer­tainly the most an­themic, breakup song since Prince’s Noth­ing Com­pares 2 U.

“That was some­thing I was re­ally ner­vous about,” he said.

“It’s a sad song, a song about grief.

“It wasn’t nec­es­sar­ily a fun song to write but it needed to be writ­ten be­cause one el­e­ment in art that’s im­por­tant to me is purg­ing.

“And in the process of that, feel­ings were purged, as they’re still purged when I play it.”

Those who’ve seen Par­quet Courts know what he means; in full flight they are one of the most elec­tri­fy­ing gigs around.

Sav­age said the band had its head turned af­ter Light up Gold earned it the ‘next big thing’ tag.

“A lot of the ex­pe­ri­ences that Par­quet Courts were hav­ing, we hadn’t ever had be­fore in any pre­vi­ous band,” he said.

“It was a lot of pres­sure.”

They seem far more com­fort­able now, if the progress shown in Hu­man Per­for­mance is a guide.

“I can only see so far ahead and right now I’m think­ing about new songs that I’ve writ­ten,” Sav­age said.

“I never want this band to be go­ing through the mo­tions.

“It’s been hard at cer­tain times, but it’s never been bor­ing to me.”

The band is in town next month for the in­au­gu­ral Falls Down­town, their third visit to WA.

An­drew Sav­age (sec­ond from right) with Par­quet Courts.

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