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Parquet Courts Announce New Zealand Tour

Parquet Courts Announce New Zealand Tour

Wednesday 26th November, 2014 11:15AM

As some people correctly guessed from the clues in our 'Guess Who's Coming To Town' feature late last week, Brooklyn-based punks Parquet Courts are coming to New Zealand for four epic shows in March. The group have been riding high on a wave of productivity this year releasing full-length album Sunbathing Animals to critical acclaim back in June, and have since followed up with Content Nausea, under the twisted moniker Parkay Quarts. Last time the larrikins were in the country was for Laneway Festival earlier this year, but if you missed them there (or just want to see them again) here's your chance...


UnderTheRadar Presents:

Parquet Courts New Zealand Tour

Monday 9th March 2015, Kings Arms, Auckland w/ Salad Boys + Civil Union
Tuesday 10th March 2015, San Fran, Wellington w/ Salad Boys + Street Chant
Wednesday 11th March 2015, Dux Live, Christchurch w/ Salad Boys + BnP
Thursday 12th March 2015, Chick's Hotel, Dunedin w/ Salad Boys + Opposite Sex

Tickets will be available HERE at UTR from 11am Thursday 27th November

Here's the official video for 'Black and White' from Sunbathing Animal, released earlier this year...


PRESS RELEASE:

100% GOOD, Melted Ice Cream and Undertheradar bring you:

PARQUET COURTS in NEW ZEALAND 2015
with SALAD BOYS

“I’ve been really shocked at having to field questions that involve this ‘guitar music’ thing. I’m like, ‘You mean music?’”

PARQUET COURTS, or Parkay Quarts or whatever, are playing four New Zealand cities next March.

All the classic young-dude frustrations are present in a band like PARQUET COURTS, dealt with directly by way of American casualness. I mean casual, but not in the pretty way like the Beach Boys, and probably less self-absorbed than ol’ Bob Zimmerman -- but ah well, they’re up there with both. Here’s why: It’s hard to do populist GEETAR RIFFS without coming off as condescending to anyone, or worse, making it a novelty – yet amazingly (!), a band so full o’ riffs like this has pulled it off, and that’s a move that hasn’t really been heard by us New Zealanders since the Mint Chicks.

Maybe enticed by their loose regard for convention, or just because we heard they’re fellow Gordons fans, we at the Melted Ice Cream Tribunal figured it best to bring PARQUET COURTS to New Zealand at once. (100% GOOD was 100% ON BOARD with the idea.) And being the record-crawling antipodean-enthusiasts that they are, the ‘Courts did jump at the opportunity to see some New Zealand bands: SALAD BOYS is one, a band hand-approved by their guitarist, Andrew Savage.

Content Nausea is the name of their latest LP, going by the ‘Parkay Quarts’ name and upping the degree of rattled-off nonchalance to a point it’s clear they've withstood the inevitable Pavement comparisons that were earlier flung their way. It’s a working formula that you get some cutting observations when you team up hapless, disillusioned youths like these (as if that isn't our entire generation (right?)). “Enduring the stinking, unearned arrogance of older people” is one thing we can all relate to, that’s for sure. With five records in three years, and a well-timed Laneway festival appearance in January 2014, this is not exactly a backward-looking bunch.

For all their hurry, you couldn’t say it’s without discernment: the way PARKAY QUARTS simultaneously dumbed down their phonetics and broadened their horizons for the latest Content Nausea LP shows off what’s good about this band: making things painfully obvious, but not without some wisecrack as the footnote. That they do in sonic fashion, and it’s a compliment to them that they can show off such dumb ol’ riffs and insightful world-reflections at once. Really, if there’s one band that’ll outlast the “instrument as a fashion” spirit of the moment, it’s John Key’s kid’s new band, Troskey. (Just kidding, it’s Parquet Courts.)

I could ramble. Point is, make up your own minds: you have four chances to do so.

Monday 9 March — Kings Arms, Auckland
Tuesday 10 March — San Fran, Wellington
Wednesday 11 March — Dux Live, Christchurch
Thursday 12 March — Chick’s Hotel, Dunedin

Tickets available 11am Thursday 27 November via Undertheradar.co.nz

First 15 tickets on sale day get a free cassette tape from Melted Ice Cream*

"I’ve never had a favorite band that made me feel like such a dolt.” — The Rolling Stone Corporation

“...Hard-charging, catchy songs...” — The New York Times Weddings section

"Sure. I like brunch.” — A. Savage, guitarist

THE FACTS: PARQUET COURTS EDITION
√ Originators come from DENTON, TEXAS
√ They were HARDCORE PUNKS
√ FERGUS & GERONIMO was one former band
√ Also TEENAGE COOL KIDS and WICCANS
√ They moved to NEW YORK and started this here band
√ AMERICAN SPECIALTIES slipped under many radars
√ LIGHT UP GOLD is the one everyone knows / got ‘em big
√ They played LANEWAY FESTIVAL in Auckland last January, in fact
√ And then SUNBATHING ANIMAL came out
√ Then TALLY ALL THE THINGS THAT YOU BROKE
√ They messed with their name for CONTENT NAUSEA
√ Now they are coming to NEW ZEALAND

* via a link/copy of purchased tickets with visible purchase date to meltedicecreamier@gmail.com.



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.........and they're even playing Christchurchl!! Super excited for this :)
Posted by johnnyg 1 year ago


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