Watch Watch Parquet Courts perform new single ‘Watching Strangers Smile’

The group performed the track on The Ellen Degeneres Show.

Following the release of ‘Sympathy For Life’ last year, Parquet Courts went on The Ellen Degeneres Show to premiere new single ‘Watching Strangers Smile’.

“Interestingly enough, this song is the b-side to the Black Widow Spider single, which was released only in Japan via Big Love Records,” says A. Savage. “The music was recorded during the sessions for ‘Sympathy for Life’, but it was left unfinished. I recorded the vocals on my own to sort of keep from going stir crazy that first lockdown summer. Apologies to my neighbors for the long afternoon spent screaming these vocals in my bedroom.”

Check out the performance below, and revisit our chat with Parquet Courts from last year here.

See Parquet Courts live at the following dates:

FEBRUARY
27 - Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel *
28 - Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre *

MARCH
02 - Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse *
03 - Birmingham, AL @ Saturn *
04 - Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom *
05 - St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant *
07 - Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall *
08 - Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room *
10 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue *
11 - Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall *
12 - Chicago, IL @ The Riviera Theatre *
13 - Detroit, MI @ MOCAD *
15 - Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre *
16 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre *
17 - Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre *
18 - Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre *
31 - Boston, MA @ Royale #

APRIL
01 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel $
02 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel #
04 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club #
05 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore %
20 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
22 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market
23 - Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
25 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
27 - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
28 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern Theatre
29 - Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
30 - San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park

MAY
21 - Paris, FR @ La Trianon
22 - Antwerp, BE @ Trix
24 - Cologne, DE @ Stollwerck
25 - Berlin, DE @ Heimathafen Neukölln
27 - Hamburg, DE @ Uebel & Gefährlich
28 - Nijmegen, NL @ Doornroosje
30 - Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
31 - Lille, FR @ Le Grand Mix

JUNE
01 - Lyon, FR @ Epicerie Moderne
03 - Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
08 - Brighton, UK @ Chalk
09 - London, UK @ Brixton O2 Academy
11 - Dublin, IE @ Helix
12 - Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall
13 - Leeds, UK @ Stylus
15 - Glasgow, UK @ The Barrowland Ballroom
16 - Birmingham, UK @ O2 Institute

^ w/ P.E.
! w/ Public Practice
* w/ Mdou Moctar
# w/ Hailu Mergia
% w/ Sun Ra Arkestra
$ w/ Yu Su

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