Sometimes it's difficult to step out from the shadow of your influences. Parquet Courts wear the influence of another band whose name begins with 'P' on their collective sleeve, and anyone who has heard the band's material over the last few years will know who I'm talking about. (Hint: It's Pavement, particularly early 90s Pavement - Slanted & Enchanted is all over this record). The thing about Parquet Courts, though, is that while those influences are clear, their music never descends into mere pastiche. The lo-fi, high-energy approach that the quintet have to their music means that Light Up Gold remains charming throughout; it's a little rough around the edges, sure, but that's exactly the point. Besides, the five Brooklynites who make up the band know that when it comes to lo-fi indie-rock, it's the hooks that matter, and their first full-length is absolutely packed with them.

The band use the brevity of their material to their advantage, packing 15 songs into just a shade over 33 minutes. The record's got one foot in the past, sure, but it's difficult to argue with songs as spirited as these. It becomes even more enjoyable when frontman Andrew Savage's lyrics are taken into account, setting out the band's manifesto in the spiky opener 'Master of My Craft': "I didn't come here to dream, or teach the world things." He's a versatile lyricist, too - that song's verses are spat out at 100 miles an hour, but he knows when to hit home: "Socrates died in the fucking gutter." The band know not to get ahead of themselves, and in sticking to what they know have provided some of the most fun music of this kind to come my way in quite a while. Light Up Gold's songs often transition into each other, heightening the sense of restless energy that permeates the whole album. While everything may not stick on first listen because of the fast-paced approach, there's more than enough to entice the listener back for more.

Only two out of 15 songs breach the 3-minute mark, with the Krautrock groove and meaty bassline that drives the epic 'Stoned and Starving' (epic in relative terms, at least; it's 5 minutes long) hinting at the band's development, but elsewhere it's business as usual, with the title tracks (one a 19-second intro, the other a blink-and-you'll-miss-it 74-second pure punk song) speeding by without a care in the world. Do they need to slow down a little? Well, not quite: there's enough variety over the course of the album to ensure that it doesn't start to become samey - even if all the songs are largely cut from the same cloth - and enough passion and vigour to ensure it doesn't ever get bogged down. Parquet Courts could essentially go wherever they liked from here. There's a whole lot to like on 'Light Up Gold'; the second album will determine whether the band have staying power, but fans of sharp-sounding rock music will be all over this one like a rash.