At just over a minute in length, "Light Up Gold,” the frenetic title track off of Parquet Courts’ new album, doesn’t have to worry about wearing out its welcome. Neither does the band. Lean and urgent like the best of the early punk rock bands, Parquet Courts has quickly become a critical favorite. The band’s short and spunky songs, written by guitarists Andrew Savage and Austin Brown, have established the young group in Brooklyn’s crowded music scene.
A song title like “Borrowed Time” suggests that Parquet Courts might want to address that problem of needing to distinguish itself from the pack, but the band seems to focus on more practical matters in their lyrics: “Stoned and Starving,” for instance, catalogues the difficulties of deciding on munchies.
Yet Savage explains that “Borrowed Time” in fact refers to the challenges of another common artistic problem. “It’s more about being an artist and feeling like you need to do something but you’re running out of time to do it” he says. “It’s about writer’s block, actually.”
That writer’s block has been conquered, according to the band, and new songs are on the way.