PARQUET COURTS – Tally All The Things You Broke EP

Album: Tally All The Things You Broke EP

Artist: Parquet Courts

Label: What's Your Rupture?

Release Date: October 08, 2013

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 Brooklyn punk quartet Parquet Courts are back with this five song EP, rapidly on the heels of their late spring sophomore release, Light Up Gold, which was most favorably reviewed across all media platforms. That 15-song comet metaphorically had sparks shooting out its ass. Hooky pop punk songs like “Borrowed Time,” “Yonder Is Closer to the Heart,” the thundering, feedback-washed face-melter, “Stoned and Starving,” and the rest, brought eager, and well intentioned, comparisons to scads of punk/proto players like Sonic Youth, Modern Lovers, Replacements, Pavement, the V. U. and many more.  The band is ok with all that, because they readily agree that they sound like all the bands you think they sound like.

 When the Savage brothers grew up, they gravitated to punk and hard core and have pretty sizeable music collections full of the genre, right up to current likes. Andrew Savage said they also got into hip-hop and rap music for a long time, which shows on “He’s Seeing Paths,” which closes out Tally. So, all musical influences are present and duly noted. 

 The most probable ‘instant hit’ on Tally is the frantic, schizy thumper “You’ve Got Me Wonderin’ Now,” a perfect follow up to some of the best tunes on Gold.  Speaking of The ‘Mats, “The More It Works” could be a found track left off of Hootenanny,” it has that rabid energy mixed with some crazed exuberance and quirkiness that collection is full of. One outstanding aspect to their songwriting is the catchy, repetitive beat and riffs they incorporate regularly, and with mucho gusto, into their songs.  “Fall On Yr Face” marches on with a similar freeform rant of Suicidal Tendencies’ teen vs. parent classic, “Institutionalized,” with a just touch of Mark E. Smith vocalization. Perhaps what ‘Fall’ is referring to? Finally, the album closes with the hip-hop styling and story-telling rap laid down on “He’s seeing Paths,” seeing the world through the reddened eyes of an inner-city pot delivering bike messenger. The eight-minute number will readily be compared to the Parnell and Samborn epic “Lazy Sunday” chronic video.

 As usual, Andrew and Austin Brown switch off on vocals and share guitar work. Brother Max Savage is present behind the drums and Sean Yeaton provides bass strings. The EP is the perfect cherry on that sweet cake that is Light Up Gold. I might be a little off-base, but I believe that a lot of the generation that grew up with and love all of those aforementioned influences sited, will most likely be too close-minded to even check out the band, due to the fact that as we age, no current band could ever match up to the great ones that we grew up with. But, to them I would say, get with the program, bub. You’re only cheating yourself out of some really kick-ass music that’s, in all likelihood, a new classic to be added to the pantheon of all-time greats.

 DOWNLOAD: “The More It Works,” “You’ve Got Me Wonderin’ Now,” “Fall On Yr Face.“

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