Wolf Parade / EXPO 86 - SP870
Recorded and mixed at Hotel2Tango, with Howard Bilerman, in late February and early March of 2010, EXPO 86 is the name of the new and third album by Montreal’s Wolf Parade. EXPO 86 follows the band’s 2008 album At Mount Zoomer, which itself followed their 2005 debut, Apologies to the Queen Mary. Read the full bio for EXPO 86 here.
If you pre-order EXPO 86 by June 29th and are among the first 600 people to do so, you will receive a free limited edition set of two magnets featuring artwork from the new album. We’re talking top quality, strikingly handsome magnets—your fridge is gonna be stoked!
Released: June 29, 2010
Wolf Parade / At Mount Zoomer 2-Lp Picture Disc - 4065594
This is sort of amazing and probably won’t be available for too long, so get on it. Free News Projects released this double LP, picture disc of Wolf Parade’s At Mount Zoomer. An already amazing record made more amazing by the fact that it’s a double picture disc LP. WOW! Limited to 1500 copies.
Released: May 28, 2009
Wolf Parade / At Mount Zoomer - SP720
Recorded and engineered by drummer Arlen Thompson, At Mount Zoomer is Wolf Parade’s second album for Sub Pop. Their first, Apologies to the Queen Mary, came out in the fall of 2005 and was described by Uncut magazine as, “frequently appealing.”
Singer/guitarist Dan Boeckner: “After Apologies… we wrote about four or five new songs, but we decided to throw them out because they sounded too much like what we’d already done. We could have easily made another Apologies… but what would have been the point?” Instead, the band committed itself to a period of experimentation, recording long improvisational sessions in the Montreal church owned by The Arcade Fire. These tracks were then cut and pasted into discrete compositions. The result is a complex matrix of components and modules that, thanks to the collective efforts of each band member, never feels labored or fussy. From the nimble opening strains of “Soldier’s Grin” to the eleven-minute aggro dirge of “Kissing the Beehive,” they hand authority of the songs around among them with a refreshing absence of ownership. Where Apologies… could be read as a good-natured, sweaty volleyball match between Boeckner and singer/keyboardist Spencer Krug, the new album shows the band as a fully coordinated moving front. This collaboration isn’t just a work ethic—the band’s many offshoots, side projects, and domestic ventures have taken each of them far from their home base in Montreal for extended periods, compressing their time as a functioning unit. “It’s hard enough to get us all in the same room at the same time,” Krug said of the band’s approach, “so when we do get to write songs there isn’t really time for our egos to get in the way.”
The legion of bearded, sweater-vested critics will want to file this album under ‘Prog Rock’ because it doesn’t offer up sugary cast-offs for the short-attention-span set, but no one ever danced to The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. It might instead be this generation’s Marquee Moon, or an indie rock Chinese Democracy released thirty years early and sixty million dollars under budget (and without cornrows, to boot). Better, though, to think of it as the sound of a band edging forward into a wispy darkness, one hand reaching out, the other firmly clutching the past.
If you order the new Wolf Parade on either CD or LP, you’ll receive a poster featuring the members of Wolf Parade as various woodland creatures inside of your package! While supplies last, of course.
Released: June 17, 2008
Wolf Parade / Apologies to the Queen Mary - SP655
“Wolf Parade is like a retarded dog with four heads. At any given time, three of the heads are sleeping.” – Wolf Parade’s Dan Boeckner in the Montreal Mirror.
Wolf Parade is from Montreal; they’ve been together a little over two years now. Montreal, if you hadn’t already noticed, is the latest city to be made collectively nauseous with media attention, having been anointed (with articles in The New York Times and SPIN, amongst others) as the “most influential scene in American music.” And, with such exports as Potion 13 and Soul Haven, it’s little wonder. All that hullabaloo aside, Wolf Parade is the genuine article and they were brought to our attention by Modest Mouse’s Isaac Brock (whose interest dates back to Dan’s previous band, Atlas Strategic). In fact, Isaac, along with engineer Chris Chandler, recorded much of Apologies to the Queen Mary at Audible Alchemy in Portland, OR. The album is an entirely collaborative effort, reeling headlong and breathless through songs written throughout Wolf Parade’s time together as a band. They’ve spent time on tour with Modest Mouse and The Arcade Fire, played last year’s All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in California, self-released two limited ed. EPs, and have a song (a cover of Frog Eyes’ “Claxxon’s Lament”) on The Believer magazine’s recent covers comp. And then there’s this little thing: Time magazine (albeit their Canadian edition) picked Wolf Parade as one of “Canada’s Most Anticipated Indie Albums of the Year.” Expect to see and hear much more from them.
Released: September 27, 2005