Entries tagged with: Wolf Parade
Dan w/ Handsome Furs in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Operators, the new band of Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits), have been prepping their debut album and now they've finally released a track from it, "True." It's not too far removed from the dancey stuff on Handsome Furs' last album, and you can check it out for yourself below.
Operators make their NYC debut on Friday the 13th at Baby's All Right for the BrooklynVegan Northside showcase with Little Big League and Motion Studies. Tickets are still available and a limited amount of Northside badges will be welcome.
Song stream below...
Dan Boeckner w/ Handsome Furs in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Brooklyn's Northside Festival is just around the corner (June 12-15) and we're proud to last-minute-announce that the official BrooklynVegan showcase will happen on Friday the 13th at Baby's All Right. It's an early show (8 PM doors, over by 11), and will be the NYC live debut of Operators, the new band of Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, Divine Fits) with his Divine Fits bandmate Sam Brown (also of New Bomb Turks) and Devojka. There's two openers TBA, and $15 advance tickets are on sale now. Limited Northside badges also welcome. 21+.
Devojka (of Operators), Meredith Graves (of Perfect Pussy) & friend (via)
Operators, whose upcoming album will have guest vocals from Perfect Pussy's Meredith Graves (picture from the studio above), played their first-ever show this past November in San Jose, and last month they made their Canadian debut during Canadian Music Week. One of their shows was at the Silver Dollar which The Toronto Star caught and wrote:
Operators, rounded out by enigmatic Macedonian electronics whiz Devojka, came into CMW hard, though. The trio's first, utterly blazing midnight set at the Dollar on Thursday left a representative sample of Toronto's music-industry intelligentsia -- label reps, promoters, festival programmers, publicists, bloggers, critics and jaded scenesters in general -- tizzying about in a froth of unanimous excitement this writer has rarely witnessed in his two decades on the job.That show was also the one where fellow Canadian band Japandroids joined Dan Boeckner & co. joined them for a cover of Wolf Parade's "This Heart's On Fire." You can watch a video of that, with a video of one of their original songs, below.
Operators slayed, in other words. I went back for the other two shows just to make sure I wasn't delusional, and I wasn't alone. There were numerous fellow "three-peats" in the room on Saturday, and by then pretty much every friend with whom I'd witnessed the first show had returned for a second taste with at least one other friend in tow. Clearly, Operators were the CMW band to beat this year.
Dan was also recently interviewed by Noisey, and discussed the new band's sound:
My main impression of Operators' sound is how direct and immediate it is. It's really hook-heavy. Of course your past projects have been pop-oriented to varying degrees, but this seems like a more aggressive step in that direction. Why did you decide to go down that route?The band also have an upcoming appearance scheduled for Sled Island.
I felt like I needed to push myself after the Divine Fits record. I really liked that record, and there was a vibe to it, but given what was going on in my personal life when I recorded it... the songs that I contributed to that record were really dark. I toured the record and I cheered up a lot. With Operators, the gear lends itself to repetitive grooves, and I've always loved pop music. I was like, okay, I'm going to push myself with the vocals and the melodies of these songs. If we're going to have the same bass line running through this song, we're going to need a keyboard hook in it, there needs to be a vocal hook in it, and it needs to be really, really direct. It needs to be immediately accessible. I just really didn't want to make a record that was ponderous, like a think piece record. I wanted to make something that people could dance to, that had a ton of weird, noisy crap going on, but at its core was pop music. That's what I wanted with the band. We experimented with s lot of different formats, and this is what we hit on.
Watch those videos below...
The label will also be releasing Carey's book called Clouds of Evil, a collection of essays compiled for his son Ivan. Essay titles include: "A Story about the Time I Broke Up Wolf Parade, a Popular Independent Rock Band, by Starring in Their music Video and accepting One Thousand of Their Dollars" and "A Few recollections of the Time my Band Frog Eyes Went to Moscow."Pre-order the book and album in various combinations at Paper Bag Records' site.
We hope Carey is doing well after 2013's scary news. In 2006, Carey formed a project called Swan Lake with Dan Bejar (aka Destroyer) and Wolf Parade's Spencer Krug. We're still waiting for them to tour. Wolf Parade are meanwhile still on hiatus.
The Frog Eyes album's tracklist and a song to listen to, below...
Moonface at Mercury Lounge in 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
We recently mentioned that Spencer Krug (Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown) would be releasing a new solo piano album for his Moonface project called Julia With Blue Jeans On (due out 10/29 via Jagjaguwar). Like he did earlier in the year before the album announcement, Moonface will be doing some more solo piano shows once the album comes out. A full tour hasn't been announced, but we know he's at least doing a few US shows in November including one in NYC on November 9 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All currently announced dates are listed, along with a stream from the new LP, below...
Back in the spring, Moonface, the solo moniker of Spencer Krug (of Wolf Parade and Sunset Rubdown), played some solo piano shows ahead of his upcoming solo piano album, which he's now announced. The album is called Julia With Blue Jeans On, and it will be out on October 29 via Jagjaguwar. It follows 2012's Heartbreaking Bravery which he recorded with a full backing band (Finland's Siinai), and 2011's Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I'd Hoped which was primarily Spencer, his organ, and drum loops. That's the artwork above.
The first single from the new album, "Everyone Is Noah, Everyone Is the Ark," can be streamed, along with the tracklist, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Divine Fits / Cold Cave @ Webster Hall, 10/21/2012
While many were sleeping off their CMJ hangover, musical or otherwise, Divine Fits were headlining Webster Hall on Sunday night (10/21) joined by support from Cold Cave as part of a larger string of dates. The tight supercrew ran through tracks from their Merge debut, covered Frank Ocean ("Lost") and Wipers ("Doom Town"), and even took a time out to throw fried chicken into the audience (*cough*KoolKeith*cough*).
Cold Cave, the brainchild of Wesley Eisold, was sporting a new version of Cold Cave at the NYC date, now that Dominick Fernow has flown the coop to concentrate on his project Vatican Shadow. Eisold's new band definitely leans more toward the punk end of things, employing the talents of Hunter Burgan (AFI), Cody Votolato (Blood Brothers, yes the brother of Rocky), Jessie Nelson (Head Automatica), and London May (Samhain, Dag Nasty).
More pictures and the setlists from Webster Hall are below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis
Divine Fits at Music Hall of Williamsburg 9/10/2012
We've known about Divine Fits for a while, songs have been trickling out since early this summer and their terrific album has been out for a couple weeks now. Some of us even saw them in Austin and Chicago. But it took me seeing them live last night (9/9) at Music Hall of Williamsburg -- their NYC debut -- to realize that this is not just some offshoot supergroup timekiller project from guys in Spoon and Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs. Divine Fits are the real deal and their show is easily one of my favorites of the year to date.
Divine Fits bring together two like-minded souls (and voices) in Dan Boeckner and Britt Daniel who had giant grins on their faces the whole show, feeding off a legitimately pumped crowd. "You're too kind, really," Boeckner sheepishly said at one point, seeming a little astonished at the audience's reaction to "My Love is Real," "Would That Not Be Nice" and "The Salton Sea." Daniel, meanwhile, was clearly having a blast and it was cool to watch him digging the sounds the rest of the band were making. Maybe it's puppy love, but Divine Fits were a marriage made in heaven and this was definitely a honeymoon show.
Speaking of digging the band, the contributions of the other two members of Divine Fits should not be dimissed. New Bomb Turks' Sam Brown is a machine behind the kit, and keyboardist Alex Fischel's dexterous style is integral to the band's sound. The group ripped through the entirety of their album (which includes Rowland S. Howard's "Shivers," the encore last night) plus two covers: a nervy but faithful read of Tom Petty's "You Got Lucky" and Wipers' "Doom Town" that fit in seamlessly with the band's two sides (dancing and rocking out).
Divine Fits will be back in NYC on their tour with Cold Cave which hits October 21 at Webster Hall and tickets for that show are still available. The setlist and more pictures from the Music Hall of Williamsburg show, including opener Sean Bones, are below.
by Tim Griffin
Divine Fits @ The Continental Club - 7/31/2012
Tonight (8/1), indie rock supergroup Divine Fits (Britt Daniel from Spoon, Dan Boeckner from Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs, and Sam Brown from New Bomb Turks - and auxiliary member Alex Fischel) are set to play their official first show at a sold-out Beerland in Austin, TX.
But last night (7/31), they got together and played a secret show at Austin's The Continental Club. Billed as 'The Hot Skull', they were sandwiched between Austin's The Laughing (who were playing their first show) and TV Torso. Divine Fits ran through the almost the entirety of their forthcoming Merge debut (out Aug. 28, which includes a cover of Nick Cave's "Shivers") plus a take on Tom Petty's 'You Got Lucky'; pretty sure all in attendance felt like they did.
As for the rest of the country, Divine Fits haven't announced a full tour yet, but they do have a few dates set up, including stops in the members' respective hometowns. They play Dan's homebase, Montreal, on Friday, August 3 (not part of Osheaga Fest), and visit Brown's Columbus, OH stomping grounds on August 6. They also play Chicago on August 5 and Salt Lake on Aug. 9.
All tour dates are below, along with more pictures (and video) Divine Fits, The Laughing and TV Torso below...
Britt Daniel (Spoon), Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade) and Sam Brown (New Bomb Turks) have confirmed the existence of their new band, Divine Fits.This news comes just a few days after Dan announced that his other band Handsome Furs was over.
Divine Fits' as yet untitled debut album will be released later this year by Merge Records in the U.S. The album was was produced by Nick Launay.
Further details regarding the record's release date, live dates, etc. will be announced as they are confirmed.
Handsome Furs in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
With a heavy heart the time has come to let all of you know that Handsome Furs are no more.Sadly, Handsome Furs, the project of Wolf Parade's Dan Boeckner and his wife Alexie Perry, posted the above message to their website last night, announcing their end as a band, with no other elaboration. This announcement comes almost a year after Wolf Parade played their last show "for a long time."
The most important thing that needs to be said right now is how extremely grateful we are to all the fans all over the world that showered us with love and support over the years. Thank you for everything! It's been an incredible 6 years and we owe it all to you.
In related news, you can catch Spencer Krug's Moonface project on tour this spring/summer. That tour includes the previously mentioned NYC show at Bowery Ballroom on June 30 with La Big Vic. Tickets are still available.
Some Handsome Furs videos from 2011's Sound Kapital below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: Moonface - "Teary Eyes and Bloody Lips (MP3)
Last year, Wolf Parade/Sunset Rubdown vocalist Spencer Krug released his debut full length under his relatively new Moonface moniker, Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I'd Hoped. That album featured little more than Spencer's voice, organ, and a drum machine, a fairly drastic but welcome change from the guitar/piano songwriting he's become known for in his other projects. Now, he's set to release the followup to Organ Music, which he recorded with Finnish krautrockers Siinai. The album's titled Heartbreaking Bravery and its due out on April 17 via Jagjaguwar. The backing of a full band makes the album more similar to Spencer's other bands than his previous work as Moonface, but the songs do retain some of the looping qualities of Organ Music. Stream the full album below (via AV Club) along with the video for album single "Teary Eyes and Bloody Lips" (which you can also grab the MP3 of above).
Moonface will tour internationally in support of the album in the next few months, hitting NYC on June 20 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for the NYC show are on AmEx presale now and go on sale to the general public on Friday (4/13) at noon.
All dates, album stream, and video below...
Moonface at Mercury Lounge in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Last month, Moonface (aka Spencer Krug) released his debut LP under the moniker and wrapped up a tour in support of the album which hit Mercury Lounge on 7/20. After an appearance at this year's POP Montreal in September, he'll tour again. A full set of dates hasn't been announced yet, but a few are starting to surface including one on October 30 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/9) at noon.
Moonface dates below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Handsome Furs @ the Mohawk
For their part, the Furs are eager to keep returning to places where few other Western bands ever venture, to maintain the friendships they've forged and the fanbases they've built. The tours sharpen the couple's perspective on their art, their politics, and the Handsome Furs' existence itself. Says Boeckner, "Instead of going into this band being like 'We're against this! We're against that!', it's, 'We're against these things, but we also feel happy and positive that we're able to make music.'" [National Post]The Handsome Furs are currently on a massive tour that hit Bowery Ballroom back on 8/18, and visited Austin, Texas for two shows yesterday (8/26). The first one happened inside Waterloo Records. The second was last night at Mohawk. We have pictures from both in this post.
And though we don't know the venue yet, we do know that Dan Boeckner and Alexei Perry
will be back in NYC in October for CMJ UPDATE: Handsome Furs are not actually coming to CMJ anymore. All tour dates and more Austin pictures below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"#moonface at mercury lounge. Expectations super exceeded. So, SO good. Also Spencer looks great." - Jed Crocker
Moonface (aka Spencer Krug of Wolf Parade/Sunset Rubdown) played Mercury Lounge on Wednesday (7/20) as part of an ongoing tour. Spencer performed with with an organ and was accompanied by a drummer. They played every song on the recently released LP Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I'd Hoped and the non-album track "The Way You Wish You Could Live in the Storm." They ended their set with "All Fires," one of Spencer's contributions to his project with Dan Bejar and Carey Mercer, Swan Lake.
Flowchild opened the NYC show which happened right after EMA in the same venue. Pictures, videos, and setlist are below...
Handsome Furs have released a new and NSFW video for "What About Us", the sixth track on their spankin' new LP Sound Kapital. Stereogum talked to the video's director Scott Coffey who explained how "the video ties into Sound Kapital's [NWFW] cover art?...
"I conceived the cover photograph. With the exception of the wonderful Chinese water park shots, the photo art was conceived by me during our video shoot -- the cover shot, the back cover of the Furs in the car with the creeping hand, the freeway and night shots where all taken as I made the video. Alexi and Dan chose that great shot of the naked woman on the car for the cover, but I didn't now that was going to be the cover when I shot it. I liked the idea of the album art and video being integrated. I like the idea of a unified vibe and theme for the album art and video. Sort of like the modern version of a 1970's concept album."Check that the video below.
Handsome Furs hit Webster Hall on August 18th as part of a larger US/EU tour that kicks off next week and ends in middle October. Tickets are still available for the NYC show, and all tour dates are below under the new video...
Handsome Furs at the Great Escape in May (more by Tim Griffin)
"It's like a friends and family affair tonight," declared Wolf Parade singer/guitarist Dan Boeckner at the beginning of what had been announced as the indie rock band's final show at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver Monday night...Last show for a long time doesn't mean breaking up. As Spencer pointed out in a recent interview, the band just doesn't have any plans to record or tour at the moment, though he says: "This could be the last show. We're not so naive to think it couldn't be. We're also not so naive to be so black-and-white as to say it definitely is our last show, you know?" The full Wolf Parade setlist from their Monday night maybe-but-probably-not-last show is listed below with a video of their last song, "Knockin' on Heaven's Door."
...In a way, wrapping things up in Vancouver after a somewhat surprising appearance at the Sasquatch! Music Festival last weekend was fitting...
"It wasn't until Krug said, "This is our last show for (a) long time," after Cloud Shadow on the Mountain, that reality set in.
Wolf Parade revisited some glorious moments: Shine a Light, I'll Believe in Anything, Little Golden Age, and Kissing the Beehive, and fans couldn't have asked for more.
They did get two encores, including tumultuous renditions of This Heart's on Fire and You Are a Runner and I Am My Father's Son, and culminating with that final Dylan cover.
Boeckner will now focus on project Handsome Furs with his wife, Alexei Perry, and Krug will move on to Moonface.
And meanwhile, Moonface will have a new album out and is touring soon.
And we recently mentioned a number of Handsome Furs dates this summer including NXNE, but the band just added a bunch more leading up to their September appearance at MusicfestNW. The new dates include an NYC show at Webster Hall on August 18. Tickets go on sale Friday (6/3) at noon. All dates are listed below.
While you wait for Handsome Furs' new album, Sound Kapital to come out (June 28 via Sub Pop), check out their iTunes Live from Montreal EP which is available now. The EP includes two cuts off the new album, "No Feelings" and "Repatriated" (which you can also grab here), and three off 2009's Face Control. Check out the tracklist and more Handsome Furs dates and the other stuff, below.
photos by Josh Darr
"Wolf Parade's bombastic performance on day two of the 2011 Sasquatch Music Festival was a bittersweet one: After finishing a tour last year in support of its third album, Expo 86, the band announced that it would be going on indefinite hiatus after a small number of shows in 2011. Its set at Sasquatch was its penultimate performance, and it played with the force of a band that knows it will soon be playing its ragged, world-weary songs for the last time." [listen to it @ NPR]If you're just joining us, the pictures start HERE. The rest of Day Two below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Handsome Furs @ The Great Escape
Speaking of Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs revealed the NSFW album art for their third album Sound Kapital (below) which comes out June 28 via Sub Pop. They've also made another song from the album available in exchange for your email address. Check out "Repatriated" below, and "What About Us" here.
Dan Boeckner and Alexei Perry recently got back from a trip to Brighton, England where they played the M For Montrea/BrooklynVegan Great Escape showcase at The B'ton Coalition on Friday, May 13th. Pictures from the UK show are in this post.
Their next show will take place in Toronto as part of the NXNE Festival to which they were recently added....
NORTH BY NORTHEAST announces the third wave of bands for the 17th edition of the festival, taking over Toronto June 13-19, 2011. Tickets are now available online at www.nxne.com.All dates, more Great Escape pictures, album art and tracklist, and the MP3 below...
NXNE has just confirmed that hardcore heroes FUCKED UP and glam gallant DIAMOND RINGS will join the Yonge-Dundas Square (YDS) line-up that includes previously announced acts such as Devo, Stars, The Pharcyde, Land of Talk, Digable Planets, Descendents, OFF! and Men Without Hats.
Men Without Hats will also play an intimate club show on Thursday, June 16 at The Great Hall in addition to their YDS performance - and Fucked Up headlines the NOW Magazine showcase on the same night, at Wrongbar.
Newly announced as part of the NXNE Music Festival are HANDSOME FURS, previewing tracks from the new album Sound Kapital, GRIMES with her genre-bending pop, retro Manhattan garage-pop stars THE POSTELLES, Los Angeles four-piece SUPERHUMANOIDS, Portland folk outfit HORSE FEATHERS, Pixies tour mates IMAGINARY CITIES, action comic-punk band PEELANDER Z, Nashville garage punks HEAVY CREAM and critically acclaimed one-man band GUARDS.
DOWNLOAD: Moonface - "Fast Peter" (MP3)
Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I'd Hoped
Wolf Parade/Sunset Rubdown vocalist Spencer Krug announced the first-ever tour for his Moonface project, which hits NYC on July 20 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale this Wednesday (5/25) at noon. All dates are listed below.
His live debut for the new project took place earlier this month (5/6) at the secretly-located Brooklyn venue Envelope, and he played a show in Montreal since (a low quality video from the latter is below).
The tour is in support of his upcoming full length Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I'd Hoped, which serves as the follow-up to his debut EP Dreamland EP: Marimba and Shit-Drums. According to Krug, the album is "something between pop and lush drones." Organ Music drops August 2 via Jagjaguwar. Download the track "Fast Peter" from the album above.
The tracklist, live video, and all tour dates, below...
Spencer Krug's solo project Moonface will be in Brooklyn at the secret venue Envelope for his first ever performance under the Moonface moniker. The show, originally scheduled for tonight (4/20), has been moved to Friday, May 6. The $25 ticket includes 3 fancy drinks and the location of the Bushwick venue. The show is being opened by Matteah Baim. Moonface's 2010 EP Dreamland EP: Marimba and Shit-Drums can be downloaded on his website. Donations welcomed.
In other Wolf Parade news, Handsome Furs just came through town on their tour which is still underway. Their upcoming third album Sound Kapital drops June 28 via Sub Pop. A new track, "What About Us," can be downloaded here.
Big names and regulars aside, there are a few bands I want to highlight on the just-announced Sasquatch lineup: Wolf Parade ("indefinite hiatus" rumors be damned), The Flaming Lips (performing "The Soft Bulletin"), Death From Above 1979 (now three reunion shows total), Guided By Voices (they're not done yet), and... Archers of Loaf (!). The full lineup of the fest that goes down in Gorge, Washington in May (Memorial Day Weekend), is below...
DOWNLOAD: Wolf Parade - What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had To Go This Way)
DOWNLOAD: Wolf Parade - Ghost Pressure (MP3) (MP3)
Wolf Parade @ the 2010 Pitchfork Festival (more by Kate Gardiner)
Seattle Times: What do you mean in "Yulia" with the lyric "The radio sings a patriot song / it's the devil that you know"? Are you talking about government propaganda in mainstream pop music?Wolf Parade will head back out on the road this fall. First Europe and then Russia, and then on November 3rd they kick off a North American tour at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ. Ogre You Asshole opens and tickets go on sale Friday at noon. Handsome Furs are currently in Asia. All dates below...
Dan: Actually that was government propaganda in late-1960s USSR. That song is one of the most topical-fiction songs that I've written. I watched this great documentary on the Soviet space program called "The Red Stuff," and they're interviewing this woman. I forget her actual name, but for the song I changed her name to Yulia. She's talking about how her husband was lost in this failed attempt to land a Soviet space capsule on the moon before the Americans. They overshot their orbit, and are presumably still floating in space. She was listening the radio broadcast, and then it cut out. I guess when mission control found out the capsule was a goner, they started playing patriotic music over the radio, and that was the moment she knew her husband was gone. Amazing documentary, totally worth watching. It's downloadable.
Panda Bear @ Pitchfork Fest Saturday evening (Suckafreemike)
"Dear panda bear: you're playing a music festival, not an art installation." - Etan
"The only explanation for Panda Bear's set at the Pitchfork Music Festival is that it's a practical joke on people who are not on drugs." - lifeinzembla
"Panda Bear was nice but wayyyy too low key for a festival crowd" - Carleton Atwater
"hey i'm watching online and panda bear sounds amazing!!" - Nicole H
"Bet this new Panda Bear stuff sounds great on headphones but it's not really festival music" - Joe Colly
"Panda Bear mixing footage on the screen of a little girl jumping up and down and a Great White Shark eating a cow...weird" - Anthony Adamowicz
"Really Panda Bear?!! No "Comfy in Nautica" or "Bros??" Lame." - Michael Roche
"Panda Bear just put 20000 people to sleep at @pitchfork2010. No joke." - angelabosworth
"Panda Bear killed it. set was almost exclusively new stuff. pushing the art to the next level." - Luke Tipton
Panda Bear @ Pitchfork Fest Saturday evening (iissaaacc)
More pictures from the 2010 Pitchfork Music Festival, below...
Spencer & Dan
Zola Jesus' rise over the last year has been rather meteoric, and judging from her live performance, it isn't hard to see why the young artist has been the subject of so much hype. Even her name - Nika Roza Danilova - is commanding. Nika possesses (and I mean possesses) a rich, husky voice that boomed through the amps and powerfully resonated throughout the large space at Terminal 5.
Then there's her distinct aesthetic. Nika, now a platinum blonde, has a knack for theatrics. For Tuesday night's show, she wore a black cloak of sorts, complete with a large hood that effectively transformed her into a spectre when she pulled it on. At the beginning of her set, she paced slowly back and forth across the length of the stage, but with each song, her movements became more desperate and her hand motions, more exaggerated until the only thing left to do was to strike a dramatic pose.
The National's Matt Berninger sips chilled white wine and rushes the crowd during the more raucous songs. Nika Roza Danilova climbs on top of things and dramatically serenades the audience from on high. It seems to be her trademark. At last night's show, she perched atop an amp while singing the moody ballad, "Night."
Zola Jesus' music is a strange combination of subdued and melodramatic as if it can't quite decide what it wants to be, but maybe the point of interest lies in this stark contrast.
If Zola Jesus has been inescapable in the blogosphere lately, Moools has been sorely underrepresented despite their connection to K Records and artists like Modest Mouse and Deerhoof. When the band's three slightly-older men walked on stage, they were treated somewhat skeptically by the audience, but with their live instruments, jovial (attempts at) banter, and heavier sound, the Japanese trio definitely altered the mood of the room and quickly captivated the audience. There are no gimmicks or bells and whistles here - just straight-up rock. Instead of being the focal point, Moools' vocals are used more for ornamentation and to offset the quieter portions of the music.
While Zola Jesus didn't break character once to address the audience between songs or even to crack a smile, Moools clearly seemed to be enjoying themselves on stage, and it reflected in their music. Their guitar player was shaking with energy - as if his mass of wild, curly hair provided him with an otherworldly power source. Not even an impromptu fire alarm during their last song could hold them back. They soldiered on, through the high-pitched whistle and the blinking white lights.
Last year, Wolf Parade's two chief members, Spencer Krug and Dan Boeckner, each released albums with their side projects (Sunset Rubdown and Handsome Furs, respectively), but 2010 seems to be the year of the wolf. Their new album Expo 86 is arguably the most cohesive Wolf Parade album to date.
Wolf Parade are definitely pros at this point. They know how to put on a good show and how to engage the audience by keeping the banter to a minimum and letting the music speak for itself. When Boeckner or Krug spoke up at all, it was mostly to reiterate how thankful they were to be playing in NY. "A lot of bands say that playing in New York is something of a drag, but we've always had a blast playing here," said Krug.
Instead of relying on either their vocals or instrumentation, Wolf Parade excels at both. Krug and Boeckner keep things fresh by tag-teaming the vocal responsibility, and each of the four members adds a distinct flavor to the mix. It's normal for guitar solos to rock, but Wolf Parade also boasts some sick synth solos, as evidenced in the very first notes of their opening number, "Soldier's Grin."
Though the majority of their set consisted of songs from their new album, they also threw in a handful of older tunes, including, "Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts," "I'll Believe in Anything," and "Shine a Light." The energy may have swelled when they reach further back into their repertoire, but in general the crowd responded enthusiastically to old and new material alike. It was the new song "Cave-o-sapien" that initiated the crowd surfing - not something from Apologies to the Queen Mary.
Wolf Parade concluded their set with an impressive three-song encore that featured a song from each of their three albums. As if testing the patience of the Terminal 5 staff, they concluded with "Kissing the Beehive," a song so epic in scope that it's like a three-for-one deal.
As a testament to how hard the Montreal four-piece rocked, by the end of the night, band members and fans alike were dripping in sweat - despite the fact that the A/C was blasting. Terminal 5 may not be known for their sound system, but Wolf Parade somehow managed to conquer the challenges posed by such a large venue and came out shining.
Wolf Parade continue on tour, and can be found at the Pitchfork Festival this coming weekend. Their T5 setlist, more pictures and some videos, below...
today in NYC
* Stumblebum Brass Band @ Barbes
* Jukebox The Ghost @ 92YTribeca
* NY Philharmonic in Central Park
* The London Souls @ Cameo Gallery
* The Acorn, Communipaw @ Maxwell's
* Laurie Anderson @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Candy Claws & We Are Country Mice @ Pianos
* Squeeze, Cheap Trick @ Radio City Music Hall
* Wolf Parade, Moools, Zola Jesus @ Terminal 5
* Huey Lewis And The News @ The Wellmont Theater
* Salome, Landmine Marathon, Wetnurse @ Union Pool
* Nels Cline & Jenny Scheinman @ Village Vanguard
* Altered States, Ava Luna, Lord Scrummage @ Shea Stadium
* Brothers, Milk and Blood, New Moods, Butchers and Bakers @ Cake Shop
* Your Skull My Closet, The Stationary Set, Monogold @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* The Beets, German Measles, Pink Reasons, Liquor Store, Harry and the Commish @ Death By Audio
Sorry this went up so late today!