Wolf Parade has always been a band that has gotten a rush out of creating music that seems like it could fall apart at any moment. Some songs are like Indiana Jones action sequences, as they dodge perils that would take down lesser men and slide under the rapidly closing door just in time. The excitement of being a Wolf Parade fan has always been the spectacle of watching them pull it off.
Like the songs themselves, Wolf Parade as a band seem like they're always about to fall apart. Led by two dynamic and distinct songwriters, it seems incongruous that they could function as a band; however, on Expo 86, the two songwriters, Dan Boeckner and Spencer Krug, have found new ways to distinguish themselves and compliment each other. "What Did My Lover Say" has all the hallmarks of a Krug song, with the keyboards and the abstract lyrics, but it's grounded by Boeckner's clean riffs. Later, "Ghost Pressure" is propelled by Krug's atmospheric keys, but the song is a party starting romp with Boeckner on vocals.
Expo 86 is another county fair thrill ride. There's a real chance that something catastrophic could happen, but it's exhilarating nonetheless.
Recommended If You Like:
unpredictability, fun, animal bands, and guys with lots of side projects.
a battle of wolf vs. bear.
a high speed chase.
a tour van after months on the road.
Listen to When:
getting ready to celebrate your record store's 6th Birthday.
Vinyl the Cat says:
I wish I could howl like a wolf.
Wolf Parade - What Did My Lover Say
Wolf Parade - Ghost Pressure