It’s easy to dismiss Wolf Parade, with their various associations with basically every vaguely hip Montreal/Pacific Northwestern band, and alterna-pop influences that were trendy all of 6 years ago. However, despite these considerable odds being stacked against them, they appear to have amassed a fanbase that any of their members’ side projects could only dream of. If polo shirt wearing male graduates in their late 20’s are something one dreams of, obviously.
Indeed, despite the crowd who have converged on Vicar Street’s venue, opener ‘Soldier’s Grin’ from second album At Mount Zoomer is greeted with something just above apathy. Dual leadmen Dan Boeckner and Spencer Krug are amiable as always, and feed the audience with pleasers ‘Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts’ and ‘It’s A Curse’ (the latter played with the same energy and swirling bite as always).
There are apologies for the appearance of new songs from upcoming album Expo ’86 (“Just a couple, I promise,” pleads Krug), which prove to be unnecessary, as they are far better received than the tracks from the at-times plodding second record. ‘Yulia’, in particular, sounds like Franz Ferdinand with a hipster ‘tude, which is no bad thing, particularly. For the encore, we’re treated to a yowling ‘You Are A Runner and I Am My Father’s Son’, and closer, the epic ‘Kissing the Beehive’ is ecstatically received. A gig-by-numbers, this, but a solid return for Montreal’s finest it also is. All steam ahead for album number 3.
Photos: Damien McGlynn
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