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Parquet Courts perform in The Current studio

Parquet Courts perform in The Current studio
Parquet Courts perform in The Current studioNate Ryan | MPR
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by Mark Wheat

May 31, 2018

Parquet Courts - Mardi Gras Beads (Live on The Current)
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Parquet Courts - Freebird II (Live on The Current)
by MPR

Parquet Courts dropped their latest album, Wide Awake, on May 18, 2018. The response has been good so far, with Metacritic aggregating an 8.4 review. "I think most people have the right opinion that it's an excellent record," quips Parquet Courts' Andrew Savage. "I think peole are pretty on board with us on that."

In town for a show on Thursday night at the Fine Line in Minneapolis, Parquet Courts — Andrew Savage along with drummer Max Savage, bassist Sean Yeaton and guitarist Austin Brown — stopped at The Current studio for a session hosted by Mark Wheat.

To the band's surprise, they ended up working with producer Danger Mouse on Wide Awake. "It was interesting, a very curious line of events," Brown explains. "We had been working on the record for a while, we were ready to go record it. Danger Mouse contacted us and we got together, hung out with him, talked about what we were trying to do. I think with every new record that we make, we try to do something a little bit different, challenge ourselves, try to get different results. This time is just happened to be a critically acclaimed producer, which could have gone a number of ways, but he was pretty chill about the whole thing, actually; he was just interested in helping us make the best Parquet Courts record, rather than turning it into some sort of Danger Mouse affair."

As their tour continues, Parquet Courts will be in Lawrence, Ks., on Friday, in St. Louis on Saturday, and in Nashville on Sunday.

Use the audio player above to listen to the complete in-studio session with Parquet Courts.

Songs Performed

"Mardi Gras Beads"
"Freebird II"
Both songs from Parquet Courts' 2018 album, Wide Awake, available on Rough Trade Records.

Hosted by Mark Wheat
Produced by Derrick Stevens
Engineered by Michael DeMark
Visuals by Nate Ryan
Web feature by Luke Taylor

Parquet Courts - official site

Danger Mouse - official site