I never stole music from the internet, it seemed pointless to me. It wasn’t because I was worried about the mp3 quality either, I’m definitely not an audiophile. I’ve also never understood the instant gratification of streaming, it’s so easy to shut things off, or skip ahead, the endless options at our fingertips has made our culture lose focus and if not that, the opposite—binge. Downloading felt pointless because one of the best parts of purchasing music is obtaining the album art—the ability to see all thirteen tracks not as songs but a body work in it’s entirety. This experience, and the twenty dollars in your pocket that only allows you one
choice is everything to a true fan. There’s a reason people proudly say “I knew them before they were huge.” Why have I and so many other’s been guilty of this, knowing the minute it comes out our mouth we’re getting some eyerolls? It’s because of the investment and hard work we put in to make this discovery. So brag or not, we go there. Now does it make sense why unboxing videos on YouTube are so popular? The process in itself is nostalgic. It’s like a mini Christmas each time. When you finally get the headphones in, the experience is only just beginning, the booklet sits in your lap, like a bible. When a certain track stands out, you find yourself lost in the in the music, it’s easy to miss a few words here and there, and this is where your adventure begins..
One day at work last year, my friend Simon suggested I listen to Parquet Courts. Before I even had a chance to look them up, he already had them playing. It was their 2016 album titled Human Performance
, I was immediately into it. This was my introduction to Andrew Savage, who is the co-lead vocalist and one of the guitarist in Parquet Courts. Andrew had a solo art show at The Knock Down Center towards the end of last year, familiar with Andrew from Human
Performance, I decided to check it out. As I looked at the pieces hanging on the gallery wall, it hit me. Andrew Savage was not just a part of the band’s sound, but also their art director, recognizing the painting I was staring at was the album’s artwork.
Early December of last year the list of Grammy nominees was released online. Simon texted me something in the vein “Holy shit Andrew was nominated for a Grammy!” I Googled Andrew’s name and “Grammy” and this is what the internet told me:
Best Recording Package:
Anti (Deluxe Edition) — Ciarra Pardo & Robyn Fenty, art directors (Rihanna)
Blackstar — Jonathan Barnbrook, art director (David Bowie)
Human Performance — Andrew Savage, art director (Parquet Courts)
Sunset Motel — Sarah Dodds & Shauna Dodds, art directors (Reckless Kelly)
22, A Million — Eric Timothy Carlson, art director (Bon Iver)
His name rested in between giants. I was instantly reminded of the “Who the hell is The Arcade Fire
” internet scenario a few years back. Parquet Courts is a busy band, but ahead of The Grammys we were able to lock down a studio visit, to find out who the hell Andrew Savage is.