Wolf Parade Headline Brooklyn Steel on Saturday Night

October 23, 2017

Considering their first-ever show was opening for Arcade Fire, Wolf Parade—Spencer Krug (vocals and keys), Dan Boeckner (vocals and guitar), Arlen Thompson (drums) and Dante DeCaro (bass and keys)—got off to an auspicious start. On the Montreal quartet’s initial tour they recorded and released a self-titled EP. These guys are prolific, so not too much later, another EP, also self-titled, emerged before Wolf Parade (above, playing “Valley Boy” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) headed to Portland, Ore., to record with Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock, who was then also an A&R rep for Sub Pop Records. And so where post-punk and indie rock collided, a third EP (you can probably guess the title) was born before the band’s first LP, the terrific Apologies to the Queen Mary (stream it below), quickly followed in 2005. Pitchfork gave the full-length its Best New Music label, adding: “On paper this all could sound average, but Wolf Parade’s true talent is transforming the everyday into the unprecedented. Fittingly, then, the record isn’t going to change the direction of modern music, but it will enrich small moments of your life—lying in bed alone or with a loved one, the morning commute, the dance floor, a house party.” The band went on hiatus in 2011 but returned last year with another self-titled EP. The tour in support of it was a big success and the band is now back out on the road thanks to their another long-player, Cry Cry Cry (stream it below), which arrived two weeks ago. “The despondency of Wolf Parade has always been palatable because Boeckner and Krug excel at packaging bleak messages in boisterous hooks and spirited chaos,” says Consequence of Sound. “The band’s fourth album offers a mid-life crisis you can dance to.” Dance away Saturday night at Brooklyn Steel when Wolf Parade perform live with local four-piece Charly Bliss opening.

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