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Sunbathing Animal
(Mom + Pop)

I want something more than a pan in which to fry,
when I see in only black and white.

Parquet Courts are a twangy punk group with a nice sense of humor, unique vocals, and influences that are hard to put a finger on. Their sophomore release, Sunbathing Animal is a simply written, indie-rock feeling record with a strong slacker vibe to it. Texas transplant Andrew Savage is now fronting the Brooklyn based band, and is bringing his experience from previous projects such as Fergus & Geronimo, and Teenage Cool Kids. The rest of the band includes Austin Brown (guitar), Sean Yeaton (bass), and Andrew's brother Max Savage (drums).

Sunbathing Animal sits somewhere between fast paced punk rhythms and funky indie guitar riffs with Savage’s simple-sounding voice sprinkled on top. That’s not a bad thing as his voice fits very well on the record. A little emotion does creep into his voice on some tracks such as “Ducking & Dodging,” and “Black and White,” but he really does seem to blur the lines of singing, shouting and talking on the lyrics of this record.

 

Even beyond Savage’s lyrics this record offers a variety of tracks like the tittle track “Sunbathing Animal,” that will have you jumping all over the house, car, or bathroom, whereever you listen to it for that matter. Others tracks may have you melting into the couch on a lazy day such as “She’s Rolling” or “Dear Ramona.”

The album has received a solid response, getting an 8.6 on Pitchfork, who encapsulated the band with this great quote: “Parquet Courts remain inscrutable even as their talents grow, a band less willing to show their hand as they are interested in describing why hands are such weird body parts to begin with. “ Parquet Courts is currently on a European tour with a few stops along the way in Japan and Australia. If you’re looking to snag a live look at Parquet Courts, then you may have to wait until Aug 2nd and make the trip to Chicago for Lollapalooza.

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All in all Sunbathing Animal is worth a listen and may tickle both your punk and indie alt-rock fancy at the same time. It’s a great sonic melting pot for your ears to behold, and it’s got summer vibes on lock. 

Aaron Bolton