Parquet Courts appeared on ‘The Ellen Show’ today (April 24) to perform latest single ‘Wide Awake’.
The song is the title track from their forthcoming sixth album, which is out May 18 via Rough trade.
Ellen DeGeneres introduced the New Yorkers, saying: “Rolling Stone magazine called our next guests the most exciting young band in America. Here to perform a song that I love so very much – it’s called ‘Wide Awake’ – please welcome Parquet Courts.”
‘The Ellen Show”s social channels said ‘Wide Awake’ was: “Ellen’s latest favourite song”.
The band’s ‘Wide Awake’ LP was produced by Danger Mouse – a combination even the band say is unexpected.
“I personally liked the fact that I was writing a record that indebted to punk and funk, and [Danger Mouse]’s a pop producer who’s made some very polished records,” guitarist and singer Andrew Savage said in a press release.
“I liked that it didn’t make sense.”
‘Wide Awake’ is the band’s latest offering since 2016’s ‘Human Experience‘, which NME described as: “a compellingly grim exploration of the human condition”.
Parquet Courts may seem an unusual musical guest choice for Ellen, who usually sticks to more mainstream offerings, however last month she also invited 21 Savage on her show.
The rapper performed the TV debut of his single ‘Bank Account’, before announcing that he’d started a financial literacy campaign in association with non-profit, Get Schooled, called ’21 Savage Bank Account Campaign’.
He then presented the charity with a $21,000 cheque.