WOLF PARADE at the Crofoot Ballroom

MONDAY JULY 7, 2008
doors at 8PM
tickets: $16 advance (buy tickets)

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The long awaited follow-up to WOLF PARADE's celebrated 2005 debut, Apologies to the Queen Mary, arrives on June 17th on Sub Pop. Recorded and engineered by drummer Arlen Thompson, legions of bearded, sweater-vested critics will want to file this yet-untitled new album under "Prog Rock" because it doesn't offer up sugary cast-offs for the short-attention-span set. It's suggested this might be this generation's Marquee Moon (Television), or an indie rock Chinese Democracy (Guns 'n' Roses) released 30 years early and 60 million dollars under budget (and without cornrows, to boot) - a band edging forward into a wispy darkness, one hand reaching out, the other firmly clutching the past. Singer-guitarist Dan Boeckner says, "After Apologies we wrote about four or five new songs, but we decided to throw them out because they sounded too much like what we'd already done. We could have easily made another Apologies but what would have been the point?" Instead, the band committed itself to a period of experimentation, recording long improvisational sessions in the Montreal church owned by Arcade Fire. These tracks were then cut and pasted into discrete compositions. The result is a complex matrix of unfussy components and modules. From the nimble opening strains of "Soldier's Grin" to the eleven-minute aggro dirge of "Kissing the Beehive," they hand authority of the songs around among them with a refreshing absence of ownership. With special guest LISTENING PARTY.

 

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