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Monday, July 02, 2007

The Importance of Being Wolf - The Growing Influence of Krug and Boeckner's WOLF PARADE

The Wolf Parade Legacy continues to grow and grow. At the center of one of the branches of Canadian Indie Rock's family tree, Wolf Parade can even trace its origins to another famous band from the north: the band's first ever formal show was a 2003 gig opening up for Arcade Fire. (Talk about fate, eh?) By the end of 2005, the band released "Apologies to the Queen Mary" - an LP that has proven to be one of the most influential independent rock albums of the last three years. A new album in the works, could reportedly be released before the end of the year!


Wolf Parade

Wolf Parade is: Spencer Krug (keys), Dan Boeckner (guitar), Arlen Thompson (drums), Hadji Bakara (sound manipulation) and Dante DeCaro (guitar and percussion - former Hot Hot Heat). Boeckner and Krug are at the creative core of the band. Here is a look at their back story and professional pedigree. Prepare to be impressed.

Spencer Krug's - Singer, Songwriter and Keyboardist
- Grew up in British Columbia, Canada and worked professionally in Victoria.
- Current member of Wolf Parade - 2005 album / reportedly 2007 release
- Current member of Frog Eyes (Canada) with Carey Mercer - 2006 album / reportedly 2007 release
- Current member of Swan Lake (Canada) with Mercer, Daniel Bejar (New Pornographers and Destroyer) - 2006 album
- Current member of Sunset Rubdown (Canada) - 2006 album / reportedly 2007 release



Spencer Krug - album in the Canadian charts for three consecutive years

Dan Boeckner - Singer, Songwriter and Guitarist
- Grew up in British Columbia, Canada and worked professionally in Victoria.
- First Band was the Atlas Strategy (broke up in 2002)
- Current member of Wolf Parade - 2005 album / reportedly 2007 release
- Current member of Handsome Furs with fiancée Alexei Perry - 2007 release* (RSL Best of 2007!)
- Recorded on Islands'(Canada) debut album "Return to the Sea." - 2007 release



Furs: Boeckner and Perry - on a train to Stockholm.

After opening up for Arcade Fire in 2003, the band's fame quickly grew. Within a year they had been signed to Sub-Pop by Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock. An EP was released and the band appeared live on Canadian Radio to promote their new material. Here is that must-have session! Wolf Parade live at CBC Radio 3 in 2004


1 comment:

bridging the atlantic said...

Nice comprehensive post. I was lucky enough to see Final Fantasy and Wolf Parade open up for Arcade Fire in Montreal at the end of the the Funeral tour and that show (and Wolf Parade) literally blew my mind.
I'm eagerly awaiting any tracks from the new Wolf Parade album; can't wait until it drops later this year.