Parquet Courts announce their fifth album, Wide Awake! which will be released on May 18th. ‘Almost Had To Start A Fight / In And Out Of Patience’ is the first taste of what’s to come from the record. Watch the clip below!
Wide Awake! is a groundbreaking work, an album about independence and individuality but also about collectivity and communitarianism. Love is at its center. There’s also a freshness here, a breaking of new territory that’s a testament to the group’s restless spirit.
Wide Awake! was produced by Brian Burton, better known as Danger Mouse, an admirer of Parquet Courts, who originally reached out to them. “The ethos behind every Parquet Courts record is that there needs to be change for the better, and the best way to tackle that is to step out of one’s comfort zone,” guitarist/singer A Savage says of the unlikely pairing. “I personally liked the fact that I was writing a record that indebted to punk and funk, and Brian’s a pop producer who’s made some very polished records. I liked that it didn’t make sense.”
Written by Savage and Austin Brown, the songs are filled with their traditional punk rock passion, as well as a lyrical tenderness. The record reflects a burgeoning confidence in the band’s exploration of new ideas in a hi-fi context. Wide Awake! is available for pre-order here.
Stream / purchase ‘Almost Had To Start A Fight / In And Out Of Patience’ here.