Parquet Courts

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Parquet Courts
Parquet Courts from left to right: Andrew Savage, Austin Brown, Sean Yeaton, Max Savage
Parquet Courts from left to right: Andrew Savage, Austin Brown, Sean Yeaton, Max Savage
Background information
Also known as
  • Parkay Quarts
OriginNew York City, U.S.
Years active2010–present
Associated acts
MembersAndrew Savage
Austin Brown
Sean Yeaton
Max Savage

Parquet Courts is an American rock band from New York City.[1] The band consists of Andrew Savage (vocals, guitar), Austin Brown (vocals, guitar, keyboard), Sean Yeaton (bass, vocals), and Max Savage (drums).


Band members Andrew Savage and Austin Brown met in Denton, Texas while both students at the University of North Texas, in a student club named Knights of the Round Turntable, where they listened to and shared new records. Andrew had a number of musical projects during college, including Teenage Cool Kids and Fergus & Geronimo. Andrew and brother Max Savage, Parquet Courts' drummer, were both born and raised in Denton. The three relocated to Brooklyn after college and soon started Parquet Courts.[2]

The band released their debut album, American Specialties, as an independent, limited cassette release in 2011.[1] The album was later reissued with Rough Trade Records in 2021.[3]

The band's second studio album, Light Up Gold (2012), was initially released on Savage's Dull Tools label and later reissued on What's Your Rupture? in 2013.[1] Light Up Gold received widespread critical acclaim in both the DIY underground and mainstream rock press.[4]

In 2014, the band reached #55 on the Billboard album chart with its third studio album, Sunbathing Animal.

Later in 2014, the band released "Uncast Shadow of a Southern Myth" as a single under an alternative name, Parkay Quarts. Soon afterward they released their fourth studio album, Content Nausea, on which Sean and Max were absent due to other commitments.[5][6]

The following year the band released a collaboration LP Ramsgate with PC Worship under the name PCPC. They also released a mostly instrumental, experimental EP, entitled Monastic Living.

On February 4, 2016, the band announced their fifth studio album, entitled Human Performance. The album was released on April 8 through Rough Trade.[7] Co-frontman and the artist of the album's packaging and art, Andrew Savage, received a Grammy Awards nomination for his work.

On October 13, 2017, Andrew Savage, released his first solo album, Thawing Dawn, through Dull Tools under the stage name A. Savage.[8]

That same month the band released Milano, a collaboration album with Daniele Luppi featuring former Yeah Yeah Yeahs lead singer Karen O.

Parquet Courts at Solid Sound Festival, 2015

On May 18, 2018, the band released their sixth LP, Wide Awake! It was named "album of the year" by Australian radio station Double J.[9] Their song, "Almost Had to Start a Fight/In and Out of Patience", is featured in the video game EA Sports NHL 19, "One Man No City" is featured in an Episode of The Blacklist,[10] "Wide Awake" appeared as soundtrack in Konami football game, eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020.

The band's seventh full-length album, Sympathy for Life, was released on October 22, 2021.[11]

Between February and March 2022, Parquet Courts headlined a North American tour, with Nigerien afro-psychedelic guitarist Mdou Moctar as their opening act.[12]

Musical style[edit]

Their musical style has been described as indie rock,[13][14][15] post-punk,[16] art punk,[17] and garage punk.[18]

Band members[edit]

  • Andrew Savage – lead and backing vocals, lead guitar, keyboards
  • Austin Brown – rhythm guitar, backing and lead vocals, keyboards
  • Sean Yeaton – bass guitar, backing and lead vocals
  • Max Savage – drums, percussion, backing vocals



Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions


American Specialties
  • Released: 2011
  • Label: Play Pinball!
Light Up Gold [A]
Sunbathing Animal
  • Released: June 3, 2014
  • Label: What's Your Rupture?, Rough Trade (UK)
55 69 181 65 55
Content Nausea
(as Parkay Quarts)
  • Released: November 28, 2014
  • Label: What's Your Rupture?
Human Performance
  • Released: April 8, 2016
  • Label: Rough Trade
118 84 109 42 50
Wide Awake!
  • Released: May 18, 2018
  • Label: Rough Trade
122 93 42 117 106 116 19 64 27
Sympathy for Life
  • Released: October 22, 2021[30]
  • Label: Rough Trade
[B] 26 49 118 160 96 94 14 42
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Collaborative albums[edit]

Title Album details
(with Daniele Luppi)
  • Released: October 27, 2017[32]
  • Label: Columbia

Live albums[edit]

  • Live at Third Man Records (2015)



List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album


"Borrowed Time" 2013 Light Up Gold
"Black & White" 2014 41 Sunbathing Animal
"Sunbathing Animal"
"This is Happening Now" Non-album single
"Dust" 2016 [C] 43 Human Performance
"Human Performance" 42
"Captive of the Sun"
"Almost Had to Start a Fight/In and Out of Patience" 2018 37 Wide Awake!
"Wide Awake!" 48
"Mardi Gras Beads"
"Total Football"
"Hey Bug" 2020 Non-album single
"Plant Life" 2021 Sympathy for Life
"Walking at a Downtown Pace"
"Black Widow Spider"
"Homo Sapien"
"Watching Strangers Smile" 2022 33 Non-album single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.


  • Ramsgate, PCPC (2015) (collaboration with PC Worship)


  1. ^ Light Up Gold did not enter the US Billboard 200, but peaked at number 25 on the US Heatseekers Albums Chart.[29]
  2. ^ Sympathy for Life did not enter the US Billboard 200, but peaked at number 19 on the Top Album Sales Chart.[31]
  3. ^ "Dust" did not enter the Flanders Ultratop Top 50, but charted as an "extra tip" on the Flanders Ultratop Bubbling Under chart.[21]


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  2. ^ "Alumni come together to form a 'band to watch'". Retrieved May 26, 2021.
  3. ^ "Parquet Courts to Reissue Debut Album American Specialties". Pitchfork. 2021-05-31. Retrieved 2022-03-31.
  4. ^ Thomas, Fred. "Light Up Gold - Parquet Courts : Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved February 28, 2013.
  5. ^ Thomas, Russell (October 16, 2014). "Parkay Quartz (Parquet Courts) share 'Uncast Shadow Of A Southern Myth' and announce new album, 'Content Nausea'". The 405. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved December 31, 2021.
  6. ^ "Whats Your Rupture?".
  7. ^ Monroe, Jazz (February 4, 2016). "Parquet Courts Announce New Album Human Performance, Expand Tour, Share "Dust" Video". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 31, 2021.
  8. ^ "Thawing Dawn, by A. Savage". Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  9. ^ "The 50 best albums of 2018". Double J. December 11, 2018. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  10. ^ ""The Blacklist" The Debt Collector (No. 46) (TV Episode 2017)". IMDb. Retrieved October 23, 2021.
  11. ^ Minsker, Evan (August 18, 2021). "Parquet Courts Announce New Album Sympathy for Life, Share Video for New Song". Pitchfork. Retrieved August 18, 2021.
  12. ^ "Mdou Moctar announces new U.S. tour dates". The FADER. Retrieved 2022-03-08.
  13. ^ "Parquet Courts On World Cafe". KNAU. August 28, 2013. Retrieved December 31, 2021.
  14. ^ Fitzmaurice, Larry (June 4, 2014). "Parquet Courts: Sunbathing Animal". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 31, 2021.
  15. ^ Cimarusti, Luca (November 21, 2018). "Parquet Courts enter their woke funk-punk phase, and it's great". Chicago Reader. Retrieved December 31, 2021.
  16. ^ Bromwich, Kathryn (October 9, 2016). "On my radar: Andrew Savage's cultural highlights". The Guardian. Retrieved December 31, 2021.
  17. ^ Virtue, Graeme (June 17, 2016). "Parquet Courts review – a sweaty hour of buzzsaw riffs and detuned melody". The Guardian. Retrieved December 31, 2021.
  18. ^ Christgau, Robert (April 15, 2016). "Parquet Courts Are Making Lou Reed Proud: Expert Witness with Robert Christgau". Vice. Retrieved December 31, 2021.
  19. ^ "Parquet Courts – Chart History: Billboard 200". Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  20. ^ Peak positions for albums in Australia:
  21. ^ a b c "Belgian Positions (Vlaanderen)". Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  22. ^ "Belgian Positions (Wallonie)". Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  23. ^ "France: Albums". Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  24. ^ "Discographie Parquet Courts". GfK Entertainment. Retrieved March 7, 2022.
  25. ^ "Netherlands: Albums". Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  26. ^ Peaks in Scotland:
  27. ^ "Switzerland: Albums". Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  28. ^ "Parquet Courts full Official Chart history". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  29. ^ a b "Parquet Courts". Billboard. Retrieved October 23, 2021.
  30. ^ Rettig, James (June 27, 2021). "Parquet Courts Tease New Album A Sympathy For Life With 10-Minute "Plant Life" Extended Cut". Stereogum. Retrieved June 27, 2021.
  31. ^ "Parquet Courts - Top Album Sales". Billboard. Retrieved March 7, 2022.
  32. ^ "Milano by Daniele Luppi Reviews and Tracks". Metacritic. Retrieved September 3, 2020.
  33. ^ "Parquet Courts – Chart History: Adult Alternative Airplay". Billboard. Retrieved March 7, 2022.
  34. ^ "Parquet Courts – Chart History: Mexico Ingles Airplay". Billboard. Retrieved February 22, 2022.

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