Parquet Courts and Joey Pizza Slice do a song-swapping split record for Wharf Cat Records. The Courts play their version of ‘Pretty Girls is a Motherfucker’, while Joey jams on Parquet Courts’ ‘Picture Of Health’. Both versions sound fresh and lovely, and the sleeve of the 7” is pleasingly decorated too.
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7/10 Robin Staff review, 26 August 2015
It’s 2015 and I’m still reeling from the reality of band names like Joey Pizza Slice, but I’m brought back to earth knowing that a band with this name is doing a split with Parquet Courts, because of course. In today’s funtime, don’t-give-a-fuck, sofa-snoozing indie rock news, two bands do a split wherein they take on each other’s songs. With a nasal vocal hidden underneath a thick sneeze of distortion, JPS give “Picture of Health” a go, an early Court’s number from way back when ‘Light Up Gold’ had indie revivalists stoked. They play it pretty straight-and-narrow, developing it into a slightly more rocking anthem -- or maybe that’s just the placebo effect of drenching a song in bucketful of fuzz.
On the flip, you have your Parquet Courts, your Parqay Quartz, your Parquetzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Coorrrttzzzzz, or whatever name they most recently yawned out of their effortlessly nothing mouths. Armed with cowbell and tambourine and some Supertramp-styled keyboards and whatever else they found in their bouncy castle beds, they do a nice version of JPS’ questionable titled “Pretty Girls Is a Motherfucker”, cussing themselves out in a rewrite of the lyrics (“Parquet Courts is a motherfucker”, y’all). It’s jangly and it sees the band in higher spirits than they’ve managed to maintain for a while, maintaining that late-evening garage jam vibe they brandish so well. Nice riffs and easy hooks and I guess it’s not their fault about the dumb lyrics.
All in all, these are truly two indie rock bands, covering each other’s songs, on wax that’s smaller than the usual wax.
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