LIVE REVIEW: Parquet Courts @ Wylam Brewery (29.8.17) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Indie poster boy Mac Demarco is playing the O2 academy, it’s the day after a messy bank holiday weekend, and yet there’s still a generous crowd gathered at the historical Wylam Brewery tonight.

It’s hard to believe that a former military museum could play such a good host to two bands at the forefront of cult alternative rock – and yet, it offers an atmosphere that very few other venues could.

London’s Ultimate Painting provide the warmup tonight. The band’s dreamy slacker rock isn’t anything new ( fans of jangly Fortuna Pop bands would be in for a treat), but what is nowadays? An utterly charming band – and perhaps one to watch.

Parquet Court’s grittier, Pavement-esque sound isn’t exactly inimitable, but it speaks volumes when they can grip the crowd in such a way – even when their first song (Dust) is about something as existentially mundane as sweeping.

 One thing that can be said is that their dynamic song writing shines through much more brightly in their live performances than with their studio recordings.

It was hardly a monumental gig – albeit rememberable – but still enjoyable all the same.

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