The soaring choruses, rousing anthems, sprawling guitars and chaotic keys that make up Wolf Parade are on proud display over the course of Cry Cry Cry, the bands thunderous first album in seven years.That unique combination of sounds and influences, spearheaded by electric co-frontmen Spencer Krug and Dan Boecknera complex yet relatable, energetic brew of glam, prog, synth-rock, and satisfying discomforthelped define 2000s indie rock with three critically celebrated albums, and propelled a growing Wolf Parade fandom even after the band went on a then-indefinite hiatus in 2010.The upcoming return marks their first to be produced by Pacific Northwest legend John Goodmanson (Bikini Kill, Sleater-Kinney, Unwound) at Robert Lang Studios outside of Seattle, and is accompanied by a renewed focus and the creativity of a band that took their time getting exactly where they needed to be. Its also a homecoming to Sub Pop, which released all three of the bands previous albums.The band itself is almost a fifth member of the band, something more or at least different than the sum of its parts, says Krug. We don't know who or what is responsible for our sound, it's just something that naturally and consistently comes from this particular combo of musicians.Once we got back together, I was playing guitar, writing and singing in a way that I only do while I'm in Wolf Parade, says Dan Boeckner, who shares primary lyrical and singing duties with Spencer. Its just something that I can't access without the other three people in the room.In the time apart, the band scattered geographically and focused on family and other work--Spencer on his solo project Moonface, Dan on his bands Handsome Furs, Operators, and Divine Fits (with Spoons Britt Daniel), and Dante De Caro on records with Carey Mercers Frog Eyes and Blackout Beach. And that time allowed for an even stronger, tighter band to emerge.Eventually, Spencer, Dante, and Arlen found themselves all back living on remote Vancouver Island, accompanied by a population density less than that of Alaska, and the tranquility that leads to creative emanations like a government-sponsored bathtub race. With Dan on the same coast in Northern California, discussions began about picking things up where they left off. All of our albums are always a reaction to our last one, says Arlen. Expo 86 (2010) was about as sparse as we get, which is usually still pretty dense, and this time we wanted to make the palette a little larger. Adds Dante, Expo was a real rock record. We just sort of banged it out, which was kind of the point. Cry Cry Cry, on the other hand, is more deliberate in its arrangements and embrace of the studio process. If a part was going on for too long it would get lopped, you know? says Dan. That being said, there are two very long songs on the record and I don't think it would be a Wolf Parade record if it didn't have some kind of prog epic.I think we're actually a better band than we were when we stopped playing music together, says Arlen. A little bit more life experience for everybody, and people having made a bunch of records on their own.The result of this new consciousness is songs like Valley Boy, a Bowie-inflected anthem for which Spencer wrote lyrics after Leonard Cohen died the day before the 2016 election (The radios been playing all your songs, talking about the way you slipped away up the stairs, did you know that it was all gonna go wrong?). Youre Dreaming, also influenced by the election and the spinning shock that followed, is driving, urgent power pop that draws from artists like Tom Petty and what Dan calls one of his default languages for writing music. The swirly, synth-heavy crescendo of Artificial Life takes on the struggle of artists and at-risk communities (If the flood should ever come, well be last in the lifeboat).The album carries a sense of uprising that is not unrelated to Wolf Parades renewed determination to drive the band forward in uncertain times. Welcome to Cry Cry Cry. All rightLets fightLets rage against the night- Lazarus Online (Spencer Krug)
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Wolf Parade is an indie rock band from Montreal, Quebec.
Wolf Parade began in April 2003, when former Frog Eyes member Spencer Krug was offered a gig by Grenadine Records' Alex Megelas. With only a 3-week deadline to form a band, Krug contacted a fellow Canadian guitarist Dan Boeckner (formerly of British Columbia band Atlas Strategic) and began writing songs in Krug's apartment. Initially using a drum machine for their rhythm section played through computer speakers, Krug later invited Arlen Thompson to the lineup as the drummer; however, the newly formed trio rehearsed as a full band only the day before their first show. During the tour, Wolf Parade recorded and released their self-titled debut EP (referred to as the 4 Song EP).
In September 2003, Hadji Bakara joined Wolf Parade, contributing his synthesizer and sound manipulation skills to the lineup. By the summer of 2004 the band released its second independent, self-titled EP, commonly referred to as the 6 Song EP.
In September 2004, the band traveled to Portland, Oregon to record with Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock. Brock had recently signed the band to Sub Pop; Brock was an A&R man for the record label at the time. He had been following Dan Boeckner as Boeckner's old band, Atlas Strategic, had toured with Modest Mouse and were offered a Sub Pop signing just before the band split up. Wolf Parade spent two and a half weeks working 14-hour days in Portland. After some remixing, the band returned to Montreal to finish recording. The album was scheduled for a May release, but then pushed back. On its new record label, the band released its first widely-distributed EP, Wolf Parade, in July 2005. In September 2005, the band's debut album Apologies to the Queen Mary was released on Sub Pop Records to critical acclaim, earning a 2006 Polaris Music Prize nomination.
Dante DeCaro (formerly of Hot Hot Heat) joined sometime in 2005 as a second guitarist and percussionist.
The second album, At Mount Zoomer, followed in June 2008.
An on-stage announcement in November 2008 that Dante DeCaro would no longer be playing with the band was later revealed to have been a joke.
Wolf Parade will get together in October 2009 to work on their third album.