Parquet Courts Announce New Album, Share “Almost Had to Start a Fight/In and Out of Patience”

Wide Awake! Due Out May 18 via Rough Trade

Feb 22, 2018
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Parquet Courts have announced a new album, Wide Awake!, and shared its first single, "Almost Had to Start a Fight/In and Out of Patience." Wide Awake! was produced by Danger Mouse and is due out May 18 via Rough Trade. The band have also announced some tour dates. Check out "Almost Had to Start a Fight/In and Out of Patience" below, followed by the album's tracklist and cover art (by frontman Andrew Savage), as well as their tour dates.

Wide Awake! is the band's fifth album and the follow-up to 2016's excellent Human Performance. Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton) is a fan of Parquet Courts and approached the band about working with 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," says Savage in a press release in regards to working with Danger Mouse. "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."

Savage says he was purposefully reacting against the ballads of Human Performance when co-writing the songs on Wide Awake! with bandmate Austin Brown. "I needed an outlet for the side of me that feels emotions like joy, rage, silliness and anger," he says in a press release, citing such influences as Youth of Today, Gorilla Biscuits, and Black Flag. "All those bands make me want to dance and that's what I want people to do when they hear our record." 

Brown had this to say in a press release: "In such a hateful era of culture, we stand in opposition to that - and to the nihilism used to cope with that - with ideas of passion and love."

Read our 2016 interview with Parquet Courts.

Wide Awake! Tracklist:

1. Total Football
2. Violence
3. Before the Water Gets Too High
4. Mardi Gras Beads
5. Almost Had to Start a Fight/In and Out of Patience
6. Freebird II
7. Normalization
8. Back to Earth
9. Wide Awake
10. NYC Observation
11. Extinction
12. Death Will Bring Change
13. Tenderness

Parquet Courts Tour Dates:

Thu. Feb. 22 - Santa Cruz, CA  @ Coconut Grove Ballroom w/ Thurston Moore, Heron Oblivion
Fri. Feb. 23 - Los Angeles, CA @ Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever w/ Mary Lattimore ***SOLD OUT***
Sat. Feb. 24 - Los Angeles, CA @ Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever w/ Anna St. Louis ***SOLD OUT***
Tue. Apr. 24 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall 
Thu. Apr. 26 - Austin, TX @ Stubb's - Levitation w/ Ty Segall
Fri. Apr. 27 - Norman, OK @ Norman Music Festival
Sat. Apr. 28 - Dallas, TX @ Sons of Hermann Hall
Sun. Apr. 29 - Englewood, CO @ The Gothic Theatre
Sat. May 5 - Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival 
Wed. May 23 - Boston, MA @ Royale w/ Goat Girl
Thu. May 24 - Providence, RI @ Fete Ballroom w/ Goat Girl
Fri. May 25 - Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall w/ Goat Girl
Sat. May 26 - Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount w/ Goat Girl
Sun. May 27 - Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Theatre w/ Goat Girl
Mon. May 28 - Detroit, MI @ El Club w/ Goat Girl
Wed. May 30 - Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre w/ Goat Girl
Thu. May 31 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line w/ Goat Girl
Fri. June 1 - Lawrence, KS @ The Granada w/ Goat Girl
Sat. June 2 - St Louis, MO @ Ready Room w/ Goat Girl
Sun. June 3 - Nashville, TN @ Basement East w/ Goat Girl
Tue. June 5 - Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel w/ Goat Girl
Wed. June 6 - Carborro, NC @ Cat's Cradle w/ Goat Girl
Thu. June 7 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club w/ Goat Girl
Fri. June 8 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer w/ Goat Girl
Wed. July 4 - Berlin, DE @ Festsaal Kreuzberg
Thu. July 5 - Hamburg, DE @ Molotow
Fri. July 6 - Groningen, NL @ Vera
Sun. July 8 - Hérouville saint Clair, FR @ Festival Beauregard Festival
Thu. July 12 - Bilbao, ES @ Bilbao BBK Festival
Sat. July 14 - Beccles, UK @ Latitude Festival
Sun. July 15 - Kortrijk, BE @ De Kreun
Tue. July 17 - Duedingen, CH @ Bad Bonn

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