Parquet Courts to end out the week of new, bubbling under, bands at or under the radar, bands on a need-to-know basis, bands you’ll most likely be hearing about in the future, if you haven’t heard about them already.
Parquet Courts are an American Indie band from New York. They’ve been together since 2010 and have 6 albums out. Okay, probably doesn’t qualify as “new” or “bubbling under the radar”, but in the grand mainstream scheme of things, a band you’ve heard if you’ve spent any time listening to College or the equivalent “underground” radio (is there such a thing anymore?).
Needless to say, Parquet Floors have gotten extraordinarily good press; one publication proclaiming them as “the best Indie band in America”. And clearly, their reputation isn’t confined to these shores, as is evidenced by the enthusiastic response from the Japanese audience.
I have to say, I’ve heard about the Fuji Rock Festival from previous years, but have heard very little in the way of concerts during that time. That NHK (the main Japanese Radio-TV network) ran the entire festival and made it available via streaming worldwide. Thats great and a very positive move, because the Festival was substantially represented by Japanese bands, it gave audiences over here and opportunity to check out what’s happening on that side of the Pacific. And I think it’s crucial that we know what everybody else is up to because there are a lot of interesting things going on – and certainly some different points of view to be exposed to. I will be posting some of the Japanese bands represented by the Festival in the coming weeks. Further proof Festival season is a world-wide thing and since we now have access as we’ve never had before, it’s something of an embarrassment of riches for fans. Doesn’t replace actually going to one – and you really need to, for no other reason than to be of support. But to have fingertip access to this much music is something that’s never happened before. And for that, I am over the moon.
Crank it up and relax – Parquet Floors will be making their way to your habitat soon, if they already haven’t.