Parquet Courts made us do the the crooked dance at SXSW. Photo: Alexander Ortega
Give a musical equation that describes the band’s sound.
Parquet Courts = Minutemen + it foot, it ears + Sonic Youth
How was their stage presence?
They really put some work in! They subtly rocked out onstage, and though they all take turns with understated punk vocals, they had sweat stains on their clothes by the end of their set. Bassist Sean Yeaton busted out solo bass chording and played with octaves while drummer Max Savage set forth awkward rhythms. They inspired me to do what I would describe as a "crooked dance."
If you could make out with any instrument being played on stage, which one and why?
I would make out with frontman Andrew Savage's and guitarist Austin Brown's guitars, for the sole reason that they were Squiers. Squiers are usually guitars for beginners, but I think that that lent to their lo-fi punk sound, as they played mini, single-line solos. Andrew's was a sunburst color, and Brown's was turquoise-esque.
If you had to murder one band member, who?
The stage right guitarist and lead vocalist, Andrew Savage, is talented and filled the Red 7 venue up with energy from their awkward punk rock. He, however, kept generating feedback that was really loud, and I didn't have earplugs! They played a killer set, I just wasn't in the mood for distortion side effects, I suppose …
If you could see this band perform with any other musical group, who would it be?
I'd like to see them play with Vena Cava (RIP). The spirit of Thurston Moore abounded as the guitars played awkward-sounding riffs and melodies, which played out in a catchy as way nonetheless. Parquet Courts are certainly in the vein of experimental art punk, and call to mind bands like Moore's Chelsea Light Moving, who performed a couple days ago at The Scoot Inn.