Parquet Courts Share Titular Track for New Album Human Performance – Out Friday

New York-based quartet Parquet Courts have no doubt been busy since the release of the debut LP, Light Up Gold, releasing multiple full lengths and EPs, sometimes even under the moniker Parkay Quarts. Since then, they have continued to build upon their sound, with each major release following the previous LP’s lead, and proving to be better than the last.

On Friday, the group will have the chance to continue building on their reputation, releasing Human Performance via Rough Trade Records. Today, the band shares the title track to the world, streaming above.

The track follows a rigid structure, a verse-chorus-verse structure that is somewhat new to the band. But it works wonders in the song, which exposes lead singer Andrew Savage’s detailing of a break-up, and attempting to find meaning without love. The song is incredibly personal, something that critics have noticed in the advance of the album as a whole.

Human Performance focuses on a more on a more internal type of captivity,” Savage said in an interview with NPR. “Maybe for that reason it’s been called a more personal record, but I gotta say I might counter that it is probably more vulnerable, as each Parquet Courts record is personal to us.”

In the past, Parquet Courts have written about monotony and confinement, with tracks like “Stoned and Starving” and “Black and White” coming to mind. With “Human Performance” not only as a song but as an album, it’s exciting to see the band opening up to vulnerability. When all is said and sung, Human Performance will prove to be the band’s most stellar album.

Pre-Order Human Performance here, and check out the band’s full tour dates below. The group will also be participating in a Reddit AMA on Friday, April 8 at 12pm EST.


Fri. Apr. 8 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House (SOLD OUT)
Thu. Apr. 14 – Providence, RI @ The Met w/ Soda
Fri. Apr.15 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club w/ Soda
Sat. Apr. 16 – Kingston, NY @ BSP Kingston w/ Soda
Sun. Apr. 17 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit w/ Soda
Mon. Apr. 18 – Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups w/ Soda
Wed. Apr. 20 – Chicago, IL @ Metro w/ Soda
Thu. Apr. 21 – Detroit, MI @ Marble Bar w/ Soda
Fri. Apr. 22 – Toronto, Ontario @ Phoenix Theater w/ Soda
Thu. Apr. 28 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
Sat. Apr. 30 – Austin, TX @ Levitation Festival
Mon. May 2 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
Wed. May 11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer w/ B Boys
Thu. May 12 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club w/ B Boys
Fri. May 13 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle w/ B Boys
Sat. May 14 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl w/ Priests, B Boys
Sun. May 15 – Atlanta, GA @ Shaky Knees Festival
Mon. May 16 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge w/ B Boys
Tue. May 17 – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight w/ B Boys
Wed. May 18 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater w/ B Boys
Fri. May 20 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall w/ B Boys
Sat. June 4 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound Festival
Sun. June 5 – Nimes, FR @ This Is Not A Love Song Festival
Tue. June 7 – Bilbao, ES @ Kafe Antzokia
Thu. June 9 – Porto, PT @ Primavera Sound Porto
Sun. June 12 – London, UK @ Field Day
Tue. June 14 – Bristol, UK @ Trinity
Wed. June 15 – Liverpool, UK @ New Kazimier
Thu. June 16 – Edinburgh, UK @ La Belle Angele
Fri. June 17 – Leeds, UK @ Irish Centre
Fri. June 18 – Manchester, UK @ Gorilla
Tue. June 21 – Antwerp, BE @ Trix Club
Thu. June 23 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Noord
Mon. June 27 – Paris, FR @ Gaite Lyrique
Sun. Aug. 24 – Portland, OR @ Project Pabst Festival