After accumulating a great deal of press for their brilliant 2012 debut LP, Light Up Gold, Parquet Courts rewarded a sold-out crowd at San Francisco’s Rickshaw Stop with a raucous set. Bay Area openers Pang and Cocktails primed the crowd well for the Brooklyn-via-Texas foursome, who would send them into the throes of a sweaty, drunken rumble.
Parquet Courts played much of Light Up Gold, yet introduced a few new tracks as well as some deeper cuts to round-out their set. Alternating between barn-burning punk and slightly more languid rock, the band displayed an ability to both condense and stretch-out moments.
Songs like “Master My Craft,” “Light Up Gold,” and “Yonder Is Closer To The Heart” are Mark E. Smith-influenced lyrically, yet pack more jagged, straight-ahead energy than most of The Fall’s material. Comparisons are odious, however, and Parquet Courts do plenty live and on record to justify their hype.