“I wanted to get back to writing raw songs. Things you can dance to and things I could harness my anger into,” Parquet Courts guitarist Andrew Savage told us at the end of last year, talking about the band’s new album ‘Wide Awake!’.
Spending 2017 releasing solo albums (Savage shared the sombre ‘Thawing Dawn’ in October) and sharing collaborative projects (the band’s long-in-the-making collaboration ‘Milano’ with Italian composer Daniele Luppi came out the same month), it’s no wonder Parquet Courts wanted to get back to basics on their new album.
The desire for simplicity is written all over ’Almost Had To Start A Fight/In And Out Of Patience’, the first song(s?) from ‘Wide Awake!’, the follow-up to 2016’s ‘Human Performance’. A fidgety, repeated thrash of guitars, drums and Savage’s harsh, urgent voice rules ‘Almost Had To Start A Fight’, the stop-start first half of the track, as he yells “Finding peace is not an easy task”.
Then, just as the walls begin to close in on the brilliant-yet-claustrophobic track, Savage pleaing “If it stops I’m having a bad dream”, the track folds out into ‘In And Out Of Patience’ - a flowing, danceable bop - with not a second’s warning. It’s done at an intoxicating speed, and is an urgent, fantastic return that sees the band at the very top of their game, and more together than ever.