Parquet Courts Enlist Puppets For New Video

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Parquet Courts released a music video for “Human Performance,” the title track off their latest album. The video features each member of the band as a puppet, the song providing a soundtrack to a devastating break-up. The video was directed and puppeteered by English-born visual artist Phil Collins.

Collins tells Purple Diary“I was thinking about the track and how it paints a break-up both elliptically and with such devastating directness. And I wondered what it would be like if this drama was enacted not through naturalism or authenticity but through its partners in crime, doubling and artificiality. So puppets seemed an obvious choice.”

On the decision to use puppets, lead singer and songwriter Andrew Savage tells Purple, “As I see it, humanity is something that’s partly performed and party instinctual. Like puppets, we sometimes are controlled by parts of ourselves that we never really become acquainted with, but are always there. This song is me confronting that shadow.”

View the video and see upcoming Parquet Courts tour dates below.

Parquet Courts Tour Dates:

08-18 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
08-19 San Diego, CA – Irenic
08-20 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent
08-22 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
08-26 Seattle WA – The Showbox
08-27 Vancouver, British Columbia – Vogue Theater
08-24 Portland, OR – MFNW Project Pabst Festival
10-10 Manchester, England – Academy 2
10-12 Brighton, England – Old Market
10-15 Groningen, Netherlands – Vera
10-17 Cologne, Germany – Gebaude 9
10-18 Berlin, Germany – SO 36
10-19 Prague, Czech Republic – MeetFactory
10-20 Munich, Germany – Storm
10-23 Milan, Italy – Bko
10-25 Zurich, Switzerland – Rote Fabrik
10-26 Strasbourg, France – La Laitiere

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