Cry Cry Cry starts a new chapter for the band
One of Canada’s most prominent indie rock bands is releasing new music after years of hiatus.
After forming in Montréal in 2003 and self releasing a couple of EPs, Wolf Parade signed to alternative powerhouse Sub Pop in 2004, and released a self-titled EP and an LP, Apologies to the Queen Mary, in 2005. Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse produced both of these projects.
Keyboardist Spencer Krug and guitarist Dan Boeckner both take on the tasks of singing and songwriting, providing two very distinct vocal styles to the band’s sound. Drummer Arlen Thompson and multi-instrumentalist Dante DeCaro complete the quartet.
Apologies to the Queen Mary received widespread acclaim and is today considered one of the most influential indie albums of the 2000s. It features stellar instrumentation with eccentric and energetic vocal performances. The songs smoothly flow into each other, making for a satisfying listen start to finish.
Wolf Parade stayed consistent throughout their career, with their albums At Mount Zoomer (2008) and Expo 86 (2010) both receiving positive reviews from critics and fans alike. (Wolf Parade fans are collectively nicknamed The Parade Brigade.)
In 2011, after an extensive tour, the band announced they were entering an indefinite hiatus. That hiatus lasted until 2016, when the band released a new EP and announced tour dates. Their upcoming album, titled Cry Cry Cry, is scheduled to be released via Sub Pop on Oct. 6, and can be streamed via NPR.
Wolf Parade were slated to appear at Peter Clark Hall on Oct. 12 in a show presented by the CSA. That show has been cancelled.
Photo courtesy of Sub Pop.