A. Savage performing at TV EYE (photo by Emilio Herce)
Andrew Savage of Parquet Courts performed a sold-out show at TV EYE this past Friday, February 4th. I’ve long loved Parquet Courts for their energetic songs and live shows, but also for their engaging story songs. Seeing Savage, who performs under the moniker A. Savage, play songs from his excellent 2017 record Thawing Dawn (as well as a few newer songs and covers), it’s clear where the band gets its literary lilt.
Savage performed mostly solo, accompanied by a second acoustic guitarist on several songs, and showcased the simmering energy of the album. He apologized (needlessly, he was in fine form) for being rusty, but it seemed like it was the crowd who was out of practice. Perhaps they were expecting this to be a Parquet Courts show (there were several calls for him to play “Freebird II”), but it seems like quarantine has caused some to forget the social niceties of attending a show. One belligerently drunk individual kept interrupting the show to request a song, and after being shushed by the crowd and performer numerous times, marched to the front to berate Savage, who quickly shut him down with more patience than I would have been able to muster. The heckler skulked off, defeated soon after.
This didn’t put a damper on the show though, and most seemed thankful to be surrounded by fellow music lovers and enjoying Savage perform songs that were both introspective and personal. The show was opened by My Idea, a project by Palberta‘s Lily Konigsberg and Nate Amos.
Scroll down for pics of the show (pics by Emilio Herce)