Twelve years ago, on the release of their first album, Wolf Parade tore the stage apart in Whelan’s in a perhaps less-than sober outing that was nonetheless gripping and engaging. A new album, a return from the hiatus of the last number of years and a return to form. The perfect club show venue of The Button Factory was wedged. Sweat flew. Pints floated through the crowd. Raw, fizzy energy from the off. The new tracks merged and were bedfellows alongside the older tracks. And in the world there probably exists five songs as layered and intense as ‘I’ll Believe in Anything’, and less bands who can deliver them. This was the skyscraper. A Monday night that felt like a month off. One of the finest live acts that the planet is blessed with in this day and age. (Simon Roche)
Wolf Parade photographed for State by Killian Broderick.