Brooklyn-based garage punk trio Parquet Courts continue to burn brighter and hotter than just about every other band out there, releasing their third album Sunbathing Animal in 2014 to another round of universal acclaim. The band blends the pointed vocals of post-punk with the shambling playing style of slacker rock, making for a unique sound that's even more compelling at their rip-roaring live shows. With songs like "Donuts Only" and "Disney P.T." clocking in at just over the minute mark, Parquet Courts deliver their message in short but satisfying bursts that stir up serious energy on their high-octane tours.
Parquet Courts was formed in 2011 by a group ofTexans living in Brooklyn. Their jagged yet approachable sound made them a popular live act early on, leading to extensive gigging around the New York Area and a cassette-only 2011 debut album American Specialties. They found a wider audience with 2012 sophomore album Light Up Gold, a blistering slice of post-punk oblivion that landed on numerous year-end lists and merited a re-release in 2013 by indie label What's Your Rupture? On their 2014 release Sunbathing Animals the band unveiled their most ambitious material yet, living up to the heaps of buzz they've generated with a string of rollicking live shows in support of the release.