Parquet Courts: Academy 2, Manchester

As Parquet Courts tour their latest studio album “Human Performance”, it was the turn of the popular Manchester venue Academy 2 to host the New York rock band on the 14th October. Supported by Goat Girl and Leeds based, post-punk line up, Eagulls, the venue was buzzing with excitement from the off.

Goat Girl kicked off proceedings with a tight performance that including debut singles ‘Scum’ and ‘Country Sleaze’. A telling sign of Goat Girl’s quality, they started trending on social media soon after they dropped their first release, a very mean feat for any band. The audience was still piling in as the social media favourites rounded up their set, but they were well received. A promising performance from a band to watch out for.

The slightly more subdued Eagulls resumed the night with a flurry of album favourites which was topped with their undoubtedly favoured ‘Nerve Endings’. The crowd lit up when the guitar kicked in for the distinctive intro which provided ripples of excitement down the venue, and appetites were well and truly wet for the evenings main performers.

Roars echoed through the room as Parquet Courts took centre stage for yet another night of madness in Manchester. The vocals for the night were characteristically spread out between Andrew Savage on guitar, Austin Brown on keyboards and Sean Yeaton on bass, whilst Max Savage played drums. Crowd pleasers from the typically enigmatic performers rolled through the night, with a seamless live performance and plenty of audience interaction adding to the atmosphere. Parquet Courts played copious hits from their 5 studio albums in as many years, but they rounded off a brilliant night with new favourite, “Human Performance” hit ‘One Man No City’. The only notable omission from the night was ‘Stoned and Starving’, from their debut album “Light Up Gold”.

The mid-sized venue was the perfect place to house the night, it was full but not cramped and it was an intimate performance from all three acts. When the night was done, there were cries for more, but the curfew had been hit and the night was over. There was a sad feel as the crowd came down from a great performance and everyone realised the fun was over. Overall, a smashing night of music that is sure to see plenty of people sitting on the edge of their seats waiting for the next show to be announced.

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