When not on the road, they spent much of their time in the studio recording songs for their next record, with a five-song EP, Tally All the Things That You Broke, surfacing late in 2013. Their third album, Sunbathing Animal, was released in June of 2014, again on What's Your Rupture?
, and again, members of the band followed up with a collection of more slapdash recordings almost immediately, releasing the album-length Content Nausea as Parkay Quarts in November of the same year. In March of 2015, the group's first concert recording, Live at Third Man Records, was issued. That summer, the band released split 7" singles with Big Ups
(on Roekie Records) and Joey Pizza Slice (on Wharf Cat Records
). Rough Trade
signed Parquet Courts and released the experimental, primarily instrumental Monastic Living EP in November. Meanwhile, they were working on their next album, which was the first to have songwriting contributions from all four members. Working at Sonelab studios in western Massachusetts and Wilco
's Loft in Chicago, but mostly at Dreamland Studio in upstate New York (where the B-52s
recorded "Love Shack"), the bandmembers spent their days writing songs and their nights recording them. The resulting album, early 2016's Human Performance, was their darkest and most inward-looking effort to date. In February 2017, the band released an experimental limited-edition 12" single, "Captive of the Sun," in which they collaborated with Bun B
of the Texas hip-hop crew UGK
, as well as producers DJ Candlestick and O.G. Ron C.
~ Fred Thomas