Parquet Courts

Final SXSW Live Shots

Parquet Courts

Mohawk, March 15

In music, everything's cyclical, and the smart guys revive more than one thing at a time. So it was with Brooklyn's Parquet Courts, which deftly combine the Reagan-era jangle psych of the Feelies with the Clinton-era slacker punk of Archers of Loaf. A walking advertisement for Fender guitars, the quartet almost can't help the sound of summer strumming, particularly with the way Andrew Savage and Austin Brown bounce complementary chord work off each other. Bassist Sean Yeaton kept the rhythms burning and tunes racing, which is a good thing given the pickers' casual attitudes toward vocal harmony. Despite never smiling, and looking like a bunch of college kids after an all-night cram session, the former Texans' performance still popped, especially when Savage strangled his guitar to coax noisier sounds out of his amp. The energy rush was enhanced by songs like the intricately picked "N Dakota," poptastic "Borrowed Time," and the punked-up "Yonder Is Closer to the Heart." The audience, packed into the Mohawk's indoor room like Oreos in an un-air-conditioned cookie jar, responded with spontaneous, if musically inappropriate, mosh pits – another throwback to the Nineties.

Keep up with all our SXSW coverage at austinchronicle.com/sxsw. Sign up for our South-by-specific newsletter at austinchronicle.com/newsletters/ for news, reviews, and previews delivered to your inbox every day of the Fest. And for the latest Tweets, follow @ChronSXSW.

READ MORE
More Parquet Courts
Levitating Platters
Parquet Courts
Human Performance (Record Review)

Greg Beets, April 29, 2016

Chaotic Platters
Parquet Courts

Greg Beets, May 23, 2014

More Music Reviews
SXSW Friday Record Reviews
Diet Cig
Swear I'm Good at This (Record Review)

Abby Johnston, March 17, 2017

SXSW Friday Record Reviews
Lvl Up
Return to Love (Record Review)

Alejandra Ramirez, March 17, 2017

More by Michael Toland
SXSW Music Live: Mastodon
SXSW Music Live: Mastodon
Brutally efficient as equally heavy

March 18, 2017

SXSW Music Live: Reverberation Appreciation Society Showcase
SXSW Music Live: Reverberation Appreciation Society Showcase
ATX viral synth wave stars Survive levitate

March 17, 2017

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Parquet Courts

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

Updates for SXSW 2017

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)