Live : Parquet Courts / Eagulls – Manchester Academy 2
Being the whirlwind of output that we have come to know and love so well, it was wonderful to see Parquet Courts would be returning to Manchester so soon after their barnstorming show at Gorilla a few months ago.
It’s all in support of the release Human Performance, the LP that landed earlier this year, presenting fans with a newly layered twist on the Brooklyn four-piece’s trademark post-punk.
Even sweeter this time around was the news that support would be provided by Far Out favourites Eagulls, who themselves have had a busy 2016 after releasing their second record, Ullages.
This follow-up takes a far more melodic approach than the band’s self-titled debut, which was a snarling arsenal of spiky rock ‘n’ roll.
Tonight, the support is set is almost entirely made up of Ullages, plus ‘Nerve Endings’ brought out from album number one.
To be honest, it’s that track that receives the greatest response, too, with poor, echoey sound and the absence of a guitarist causing the performance to be somewhat lost in the ether. It’s a shadow of the commanding show we caught at Islington Mill, Salford earlier this year… But we still fucking love them!
The evening’s headliners seem to engage with the crowd in much more of an immediate manner. Bassist Sean Yeaton stands in the middle of the stage throwing his mopped hair back and forth, while singers and guitarists Andrew Savage and Austin Brown are like a two-pronged onslaught of abrasive energy.
The earlier portion of the set focuses on Human Performance, with lead single ‘Dust’ culminating in a spellbinding whig-out that has an exuberant room bouncing from the off.
It could possibly be argued that Parquet Courts are a perfect compliment for a new age type of indie fan with a shorter-than-ever attention span, but the reality is that the way they rattle through what looks like a gargantuan setlist on paper is truly thrilling.
Perhaps the finest bit of the night is the double shot in the arm that comes in the shape of ‘Master of My Craft’ and ‘Borrowed Time’ as the quartet move onto Light Up Gold.
Overall, however, the night serves as a refreshing reminder of just how many great tunes this band has come up with in a ridiculously short period of time. Keep em coming!