Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Old-School

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Old-School

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PARQUET COURTS AREN'T PART OF THE MAINSTREAM YET, BUT IS THIS CLASSIC NY GUITAR BAND ABOUT TO BREAK BIG..?

IF you fell in love with guitar music at the turn of the millennium - especially those guitar bands hailing from the Big Apple - the past 12 months have provided plenty of opportunity for nostalgic indulgence.

New York indie heroes The Strokes recently celebrated the 15th anniversary of their classic debut Is This It, prompting a plethora of magazine and blog retrospective articles.

Gloom-rockers Interpol are currently on tour, performing the whole of their 2002 debut album Turn On The Bright Lights in its entirety.

There's even been the publication of a new book, Lizzy Goodman's much heralded Meet Me In The Bathroom, documenting the explosion of New York-based guitar bands during the early-2000s.

In stark contrast, however, the next generation of NYC guitar bands are thankfully not so hung up on nostalgia or even indulging in the romance of their home city - a generation of bands led by the brilliant indierock outfit Parquet Courts. Reflecting on their relationship with New York, the band's frontman Andrew Savage says: "I'm not a big fan of mythologizing New York.

"I don't really see the point in romanticizing something that has been so heavily romanticized by everyone. I consider New York my home, but I don't really like to build up the usual visual lexicon that people think of when they think of New York. To me, it's kind of played out and cheesy."

Parquet Courts, as you may have gathered, are clearly less concerned with influencing the zeitgeist as much their NYC predecessors.

Despite having released five critically acclaimed albums since 2011, and with the rapidly expanding size of their gig venues - they headline Manchester's O2 Ritz at the weekend, as part of the Strange Waves all-day festival - the Brooklyn-based foursome have always maintained a wary distance from the mainstream world. Immensely proud of their independent DIY roots - Savage's first entry into punk rock, as a teenager, was the American mail order fanzine Maximum Rocknroll - the band's old-school outlook is most apparent in their relationship to social media. …

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