There's no small trace of honky-tonk saloon rock in Parquet Courts' new single "Sunbathing Animal," but the seedy venue is more blossoming hardcore New York compared to the outright heartland ragers other bands are occupying. Their amorphous guitar styles have taken the band here before, but now their eyes feel dead-set and unblinking.
Guitar solos both drunken and jacked up careen off an impenetrable blockade of power chords, and at just under four minutes it feels like a marathon in the middle of a barfight. Andrew Savage plays protester being dragged off stage, trying to get one last word out before the curtain inevitably falls. It's a small supernova, and leaves tinny traces of its vigour behind, keening in your eardrums.