Shane BarnhillMonday,11 February 2013

The Snap:

Parquet Courts is a four-man punk/indie rock band from Brooklyn, New York. The group’s debut album, Light Up Gold, was released in late 2012 and has been garnering increased levels of attention from indie radio channels and music critics.

The Download:

“Socrates died in the fucking gutter!” That line — from “Master of My Craft,” the first song on Light Up Gold, is the moment when I realized that I just may have found an album that would be non-stop rock from start to finish. And it turns out my suspicion was correct.

Light Up Gold keeps up a frenetic pace. There is no romantic, reflective ballad to serve as an intermission between the energetic, raw rock on this album, although its pace slows a couple of times — with “N Dakota” and “Caster of Worthless Spells” being the most notable examples.

But overall, “Master of My Craft” sets the tone for Light Up Gold, and after listening for awhile, you begin to get the sense that Parquet Courts intended to deliver an album with an unpolished feel. Perhaps that’s because many of the songs deal with situations faced by twenty-somethings in a very unpolished phase of life. An example is “Careers in Combat,” which captures the struggle that young people face to find good jobs in a changing economy: “There are no more summer lifeguard jobs / There are no more art museums to guard… no more slides and microscopes / But there are still careers in combat, my son.”

It’s this balance between the thoughtfulness of Parquet Courts’ lyrics and the coarseness of the band’s sound that make Light Up Gold such a worthwhile listen. I highly recommend that you check it out. And of course, you can always check out TSD’s Spotify playlist, which includes a couple of the band’s tracks.

Hat Tips:

Pitchfork,, YouTube, Image Credit: Flickr

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