Parquet Courts' Andrew Savage explained the meaning behind "Human Performance" in a press release. "Ultimately the song is about living in the company of one's own shame," he noted. "Perhaps it was the years spent as an altar boy that gave me an inclination toward repentance and atonement. I've never been a believer, but I can understand the appeal of faith, especially when it includes the promise of unconditional love and forgiveness. 'Human Performance' is about the absence of that faith, and how haunting it is."
Listen above. The Human Performance album arrives on Friday.