Parquet Courts release their forthcoming new album Wide Awake! on May 18 via Rough Trade Records.
Wide Awake! was written by Andrew Savage and Austin Brown, and produced by Danger Mouse. It is the band’s fifth album and the follow-up to their excellent 2016 album, Human Performance.
“The ethos behind every Parquet Courts record is that there needs to be change for the better, and the best way to tackle that is to step out of one’s comfort zone,” says Savage in a press release in regards to working with Danger Mouse. “I personally liked the fact that I was writing a record that indebted to punk and funk, and Brian’s a pop producer who’s made some very polished records. I liked that it didn’t make sense.”
Savage says he was purposefully reacting against the ballads of Human Performance when co-writing the songs on Wide Awake! with bandmate Austin Brown. “I needed an outlet for the side of me that feels emotions like joy, rage, silliness and anger,” he says in a press release, citing such influences as Youth of Today, Gorilla Biscuits, and Black Flag. “All those bands make me want to dance and that’s what I want people to do when they hear our record.”
Brown had this to say in a press release: “In such a hateful era of culture, we stand in opposition to that – and to the nihilism used to cope with that – with ideas of passion and love.”