words + photos by Joe Cortez
Originally scheduled to appear at Santa Ana's Constellation Room the night before, the band had to postpone the night's set due to co-vocalist Andrew Savage having been injured during a seizure earlier in the day. Undeterred, Parquet Courts stopped by San Diego's Irenic the next night, Friday, August 19, to give fans, some of whom traveling from the OC, a righteous dose of New York rock.
Since emerging on the scene, the four piece has garnered an unbelievable loyal following and massive critical acclaim. Currently making the rounds in support of the band's fifth studio album, "Human Performance," (available now via Rough Trade) Parquet Courts songwriting has evolved and matured in the time since their debut, emerging now fully formed and with a record that is brimming with urgency; the songs on "Human Performance" don't merely ask to be acknowledge, but rather demand to be heard.
To say the crowd gathered was ready for Parquet Courts to take the stage is an understatement. The band wasted no time inciting the audience to mosh viciously throughout their set, neither band nor audience letting up. Check out my photos from the night below and for more on Parquet Courts, hit up the band's blog at parquetcourts.wordpress.com.
Parquet Courts Photo Gallery