Wolf Parade marches down from Montreal - Oh My Rockness

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Wolf Parade marches down from Montreal

October 20, 2005
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One of my very favorite tricks of music journalists is to write something along the lines of, "You know, much has been made of how Wolf Parade was 'discovered' by Isaac Brock of , that they're bros with the Arcade Fire, and that they are residents of the ultra hot-spot music mecca Montreal, but there's more to Wolf Parade than the hype surrounding their impressive connections." You get what's happening here? Basically, a writer gives the audience information to prove a band's credibility, yet at the same time, they put on a hoity-toity tone that says they themselves are above using such common information. It's a classic, can't-miss Catch-22 that perfectly guards the writer against "uh-duh" backlash. You won't find such tacky tricks here at Oh My Rockness... no sirree-bob.

You know, much has been made of how Wolf Parade was "discovered" by Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse (you know, that new under-the-radar band with that delightfully wacky single about "everything being ok"), that they're bros with the Arcade Fire (ask your kids), and that they are residents of the ultra hot-spot music mecca Montreal (not sure if they sing in French or English, but I'm going to bet they play hockey!), but there's more to Wolf Parade than the hype surrounding their impressive connections. Nope, it's all about the music, baby. The band must put on great live music concerts too, since I always see tickets for their shows on eBay. And while I've never necessarily played their debut full-length, Apologies to the Queen Mary, we infer from the label (can you say Nirvana?) and cover art (no plastic case?! Well that's... different) that it just has to be totally, totally hip. Let me tell you this about Wolf Parade though, they certainly know how to dress. We saw this picture of them on the world wide web, and the one skinny guy (who had the look of "singer" all over him) had this tight, black cut-off shirt that looked too cool (so cool that I went down to Saint Mark's Place to try and purchase one myself, but alas, I went down swinging and had to settle for a "New York F*cking City, Mother F*cker" t-shirt. It's shocking, but it's all in good fun).

Yep, this band is going to be big (and will hopefully erase ALL memories of fellow Canadians, Crash Test Dummies. What were THEY thinking?). And get this; Wolf Parade even play synthesizers in addition to their guitars! Keyboards in rock 'n' roll!? I thought that went out with Warrant. As I said, this band is certainly different and marches to the beat of a different "drummer." But you've been warned, if you don't stretch your comfort-zone wings and catch their concert, you'll be sorry that you weren't at the hottest spot in town (getting a table at Babbo is easier than getting a ticket for this show, but should you be "on the list," let me give all you V.I.P.'s a word of advice: dress down or risk being pegged as "ironic").

Wolf Parade plays two sold out shows this week: Monday, October 24th at Bowery Ballroom and Tuesday, October 25th at Northsix. They will also play at NYU on Thursday, October 27th.

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