Sunday, December 04, 2005
Wolf Parade are from Montreal, which has become renowned this year for it's vibrant and exciting music scene. Gone are the days when Canada is the butt of all jokes, especially with regards to music. Previous to the Arcade Fire's magnificent breakthrough this year, The Rest Of The World's Perecption of Canadian Music was limited to Alanis Morrisette, Bryan Adams, Celine Dion and Avril Lavigne. Wolf Parade's debut album, Apologies To The Queen Mary is a special, dark, haunting piece of art. There's a similar focus on the most primitive of human fears - death, mortality, loss, fatigue - to Funeral, but they are in no way copycats, and certainly not poor relations. Their myspace profile (what is it with bands and myspace these days?) has two songs from the album available for your listening pleasure.
I caught them at their Berlin gig two weeks ago and was surprised to see Dante DeCaro (formerly of Hot Hot Heat) as the support act and also as part of the Wolf Parade live band. Live, their music is even more impressive. With two guitars, bass, two keys, drums, windchimes and all sorts of make-shift percussion, their songs were brought to another level. It was a passionate, sweaty, intense performance, which left the crowd of mainly American exchange students and ex-pats out of breath and astounded at what they had just experienced. Watch out, wolves are on the rise.