Not only is this one of the greatest post-punk albums of the 2010’s so far, but with its defiant, uncompromising personality, it’s also one of the most authentically punk albums to come out in a long time. Through vivid and hard-hitting sociopolitical commentary, crunchy and vibrant guitars, and an absurd sense of style, Parquet Courts have outdone themselves yet again with what is on basically all fronts their best album to date.
The record kicks off with the bombastic opener “Total Football”, which has these fantastic striking guitars, a prominent bassline, and lyrics that introduce the album’s overall theme of revolution against oppression by the powers that be. Andrew Savage shouts jeers about being “delighted to be anti-everything you’ve taught”, calls for unity to fight for reform, and criticizes the belief that collectivism and autonomy cannot coexist. It’s a fantastic way to open the record, and the NFL analogy is wonderfully apt as the league has recently banned kneeling for the national anthem, offering the choice of standing or staying in the locker room. This is a fantastic line to draw to the overall sentiment of the album, and the band do a great job of conveying that theme, even going as far as to end the track off with “Fuck Tom Brady!”