Thursday, July 22, 2010

Wolf Parade (7/15/10)

One of the best things about not going to Pitchfork this year is that I get to see some of my favorite bands on their way to Pitchfork. As such was the case with Wolf Parade.  What makes this such a perk is that I get to see an entire set vs. the shorter festival sets.  I couldn't have asked for a better scenario for this to happen than with Wolf Parade.  These guys have been a long-time favorite of mine, ever since seeing them open for Modest Mouse waaay back.  The've slowly released new material and I've enjoyed every album they put out.  Seeing them at the Beachland is a little mini dream come true.

Opening were the Moools from Japan.  I can't say these guys were great, at least vocally, but they really did know how to rock out a jam session.  I'm sure the some of the rock-philes would probably love these guys.  I guess it's not every day you get to see a rock band from Japan.

Wolf Parade modestly walked on stage and began to cycle through a set of songs of which I knew almost every one.  Their sound is phenomenal, with distinct vocals, heavy guitars and all kinds of synthesizers which all together make their sound wonderfully original.  Their power and energy was something to behold, and the show was everything I was hoping for (including a great crowd).  I'm was glad to hear a mix of stuff, including some really old tracks.  However, Expo 86 is as strong of an effort as any from them.  I'm already ready for the next album and tour.

(apologies for the poor pics - virtually no lighting)

Wolf Parade (6/15/10)

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