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Editors’ Notes

It's unfortunate that Parquet Courts' music is often dubbed "slacker rock." This Brooklyn quartet are nothing if not disciplined and detail-oriented, ornamenting their shambolic alt-rock with all the properly erudite touches: the coiled spasms of Wire, the wry lyrics and inverted pop sensibilities of Pavement, the schizoid swagger of The Who. Indeed, record nerds will delight in the depth of influences here, but don't mistake Sunbathing Animal as merely a cerebral exercise. From the blitzkrieg bop of the minute-long "Vienna II" to the languorously catchy seven-minute dirge "Instant Disassembly," this winning collection is as visceral and immediate as a cigarette burn. Roaring with punk energy yet tempered by wit and subtle hooks, Sunbathing Animal is an instant classic.

Customer Reviews

they rock

i'm 55 years old, and i hadn't purchased an entire album of new music in years. i heard this album reviewed on NPR, and every snippet i heard i liked. so i got on itunes and listened to all the samples and -- i liked everything i heard. so i bought it. and i haven't changed my mind at all. i like every track. the lyrics are fantastic -- great, wide-open tone poems that leave all the room you could ever want for interpretation, but each hangs together enough to make the individual pieces sound self-contained. and, of course, they rock, and pretty hard. that punk sensibility is very much in evidence. they remind me most of talking heads. but i don't want to digress. art is in the eye (and ear) of the beholder. once i've listened to this one a couple of dozen times, i'm looking forward to going back and listening to the rest of their recordings. they're fun -- and there's little enough of that around, if you ask me.

Sophomore Slump

After their first album, my hopes were really high for Parquet Courts. Irreverent, charming, energetic, and funny, original voices, it had everything that makes a good punk album. Plus they are great live. I've listened to Sunbathing Albums a couple of times, and while there are a couple of solid songs, there aren't any true standouts and there are also a few that just meander, with nothing to say and no where to go. This sounds like a rushed album by a tired band to me. The talent is still there, but it hasn't really delivered this time. There are glimpses, but it doesn't sound like the effort of a band on the rise. more like one on hold.


Not bad, there's definitely some thought and effort that went into this album. But my dominant thought throughout most of it was, why not go to the recent (or classic) releases by
Wire and Githead (Colin Newman's band) and get the pure genius of the real thing upon which these songs and this band are premised?


Formed: 2011 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Parquet Courts' special breed of "Americana punk" began in 2011 when some former Texans who had relocated to Brooklyn began practicing and gigging regularly. The band was centered around Fergus & Geronimo songwriter Andrew Savage, and also included guitarist Austin Brown, bassist Sean Yeaton, and drummer Max Savage. Much like in Teenage Cool Kids, the band Andrew Savage still split his time with back in his hometown of Denton, Texas, Parquet Courts produced noisy indie rock with jagged punk edges...
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