Gig Review: Parquet Courts – Liverpool

Parquet Courts

June 15th 2016, The Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool

Words: Gary Lambert

Photos: Michael KirkhamParquet Courts_Invisible wind factory_Michael Kirkham-9160

The largest urban building plan in Europe is a long term plan to regenerate Liverpool’s dockland by filling it with soaring apartment and office blocks extending far beyond the city centre. As of yet, none of these have been built, but this stagnation has allowed the heart and soul of the city’s beloved venue The Kazimier to be scooped from the rubble of Wolstenholme Square and transferred to an unused warehouse to create Invisible Wind Factory. More than a gig venue, it is now the home of immersive musical experiences and occasionally a gig if something suitable comes up. With a raised terrace on wheels connected to giant sound curtains forming the back of the venue, it ensures all the sound stays where you need it. Something that many such venues fail to think of.


Travelling on the tour with Parquet Courts were London’s experimental guitar band Housewives. To be fair, for those on the psych music scene this four piece made the entrance fee worth it. Even if you weren’t connected to that style of music I am certain that you could appreciate the quality of the art they produced. It was loud, swirling, confusing, provoking and everywhere. Between them they managed to fill every space in their songs with noise. It was astounding. Even when I left the gig zone part of the warehouse and went to the furthest part away the music was still impressive to say the least.


Parquet Courts_Invisible wind factory_Michael Kirkham-8900Now Parquet Courts provided equal amounts of noise with their wonderful performance, but they seemed to have a far more divisive effect on the audience. I loved it, but listening to my fellow gig goers afterwards it seemed a lot more split. I think the slacker rock schtick between songs was a bit tedious and grating for some and it suggested that the band were not in a fit state to be playing, but my opinion is that it was just cringeworthy. I really do wish bands would just retune their instruments in silence rather than indulge in banter, but as I said, that’s my opinion. However, musically they were wonderful reminding me of Pavement and REM when they found the whole world wanted to hear their songs. It stood out even more now I’d seen them live, just how much they had influenced Hooton Tennis Club in style. With three vocalists and several different styles to their music, it is quite difficult for momentum to build up in their gigs, but for me I loved the constant changing and variety. Parquet Courts are never going to change the world order, but they give you a bloody good time.

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