Parquet Courts Drug Their Cat For “Sunbathing Animal” Video

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 04.16.14 in News

Not much happens in the new Parquet Courts video, a black and white clip for the title track from their forthcoming Sunbathing Animal LP. At least not on the surface; according to a Noisey interview, frontman Andrew Savage had to pull a few tricks with his cat Frida to get her to embody the song’s ray-chasing title.

“Every afternoon she takes a nap in that spot,” he explains, “but that afternoon she knew she was being observed. So I created a special tea that I found on a cat lady website that was full of herbs that could allegedly make a cat sleepy. You got some valerian root, some poppy seed extract, skullflower caps, chamomile … I gave that to her and she was kinda being a bit more chill but she was still moving around a bit too much. And I guess we basically made the sofa area of my apartment into a cat paradise in order to get her to perform. We had bird songs playing on the iPhone, the window was open for bird noises outside. We put some food on the couch and then finally some cat nip.”

Watch “Sunbathing Animal” below and look out for the rest of the record on June 3 through What’s Your Rupture?/Mom + Pop…