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Single Review: Parquet Courts – Almost Had to Start a Fight/In and Out of Patience
Music critic Letty Gardner reviews the refreshing and energetic new single from punk band Parquet Courts
Mixing modern wit with New York punk influences, Parquet Courts are full of disjointed, clumsy, yet humorous energy on their newest track. Impatiently darting through the track, as the title suggests, the four-piece are indebted to their art punk forebears, such as The Velvet Underground, Talking Heads, and The Ramones, on this amusing and thrashing release.
“The track feels as if it will fall apart at any point, this being the energy that progresses us through it and gives it its excitable liveliness
The first half of ‘Almost Had to Start a Fight’, is both angry and parodic. The instrumentals stop and start, the rhythm is constantly played with and shaken up, moving faster and faster as the track moves to ‘In and Out of Patience’. The second half of the track feels as if it will fall apart at any point, this being the energy that progresses us through the track and gives it its excitable liveliness, with vocalist Andrew Savage proclaiming that ‘If it stops I’m having an unshakeable nightmare’. The drum beats get confused, Savage continues his abrasive shouts past the ends of lines, it’s as if we are listening to the band just messing around. The vocals command the track, moving it from section to section, affecting the tempo, whilst the humour of the track is amplified by the jarring, out-of-tune harmonies that culminate in laddish screams.
The simplistic energy of ‘Almost Had to Start a Fight/In and Out of Patience’ would work well in a live show, contrasting against the slow-moving dusty drawl of previous tracks such as ‘Uncast Shadow of a Southern Myth’ or ‘Stoned and Starving’. ‘Almost Had to Start a Fight/ In and Out of Patience’ is the first track released from the band’s upcoming album Wide Awake!, their first solo album since 2016’s album Human Performance. More information about upcoming releases is available on their Facebook page.