Hi Andrew, how’s things? Hope all is well.
Things are good, thanks. I’m on tour, and it’s been extremely fun. We have a great band who are all fabulous players and outrageously sweet people.
You’ve just been in the UK. What were you here for?
I was doing a press tour for my new album, Several Songs about Fire. That included playing a few in-store performances and doing loads of interviews.
You recently signed to Rough Trade as a solo artist. How did that come about?
Well, my band, Parquet Courts, has been signed to Rough Trade for the past decade or so. I think they are the best record label in the world, and I have a personal relationship with everybody who works there. I work closely with them on each album release. There’s, like, a family vibe at the label. It always confuses me when people don’t really get on with their record label, so I feel really lucky in that respect. But besides the label being operated by exceedingly decent people, it helps that there is this wonderful history of them working with bands I love, such as the Fall, the Smiths, the Sundays, the Strokes – a lot of bands that begin with the. Wow, now I feel really lucky.
And you just released your first solo single with them.
Yes. Thanksgiving Prayer is sort of about the Thanksgiving holiday in America, which I would fully endorse you all adopting. It’s essentially a Sunday roast on steroids but, in my opinion, the food is slightly better. But really, the core of the holiday is about gratitude, which I think is an important part of having a quality human lifestyle. So, every year on Thanksgiving, I like to write a little poem about gratitude, and I always call it Thanksgiving Prayer, plus the year. So, this was Thanksgiving Prayer 2023. I’ve never used one of them as a song before.
Tell us a bit about the new album.
I can tell you it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done, maybe the best thing I’ve done lyrically. It features members of bands like Modern Nature, White Fence, Kamikaze Palm Tree, Caroline and the one and only Cate Le Bon. And it was produced by John Parish, whose legendary status is well-earned. I fully recommend it to readers of the YMC journal, as it is the product of imagination and hard work and not doing things the easy way. It was recorded entirely on tape, mostly live. We released it in the autumn on purpose, so I’d recommend people have a listen as soon as possible.