Sunday, August 19, 2007

This Heart's On Fire - Get Ready for the New Wolf Parade!

The new songs are sensational! Wolf Parade has done it again! The band with the many side projects played stunning seven-song set during Saturday's (8/18/07) Boston Download Festival - which actually took place at Mansfield's Tweeter Center. You would have no idea the band has been off working on side projects and taking some time off for writing. Tighter than ever, the band motored through four straight new songs. (Sorry, I don't have the titles for these yet. The third and fourth of these tracks were jaw-droppers!)

One of the Best: Wolf Parade

The Download Festival crowd was unbelievably patient with the lack of songs performed from "Apologies to the Queen Mary" - an album with 12 tracks (one better than the next!). It wasn't too hard being patient, as the new songs were so enjoyable. By the time that Wolf Parade fired up "Shine A Light," the mid-afternoon crowd was thoroughly worked up. The day was made when the band played a sensational version of "I'll Believe in Anything, You'll Believe in Anything." Just wonderful!

I really wanted to hear one more song I knew - "Modern World" or "You are a Runner, I am My Father's Son," but it was not to be. The band finished up with another new track from the forthcoming album. The band was comparing notes before they started to play. Spencer Krug shrugged from behind his keyboard and said, "Let's give it a shot." - It's possible this was the first time the band ever played the unidentified show publicly.

Setlist 8/18/07
Chinese way
Shine a Light
I'll Believe in Anything, You'll Believe in Anything
Crazy Horse

* with thanks!

Wolf Parade are fine tuning the songs a final time before recording the album. I cannot wait. From what I heard on Saturday, the band is better than ever and the new songs are magic! Check out the Wolf Parade fan blog where they recently heard eight new identified songs during a longer set. Stay tuned. You just know I'll be on top of this!

* While I think of it, I want to pass along my congratulations to Wolf Parade's Dan Broeckner and new wife Alexei Perry who were just wed. They pair play together in the incredible band The Handsome Furs. Congrats guys and good luck!


Jessica Torrant said...

I just googled the show and found your blog - I was there yesterday and had a BLAST!! Had never seen Wolf Parade before but now that I know how great they are, I will be sure to catch them next time they are in my area.

Rock on, fellow music fan!

Ryan of the RSL blog said...

Hi Jessica! It was a really great show, wasn't it? Check out all the Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs links I provided here. There are video performances and the first one, "The Importance of Being Wolf..." has an utterly silly performance recorded at the CBC. It's a Really important Wolf Parade recording. It's easy to love this band.

Anonymous said...

Uhhh did you guys actually listen to the set? The vocals were completely drowned out and the band was in a pissed off mood because a download festival official had told them they needed to cut their soundcheck short because they were running late.

Ryan of the RSL blog said...

Yep, I am pretty sure we both heard the set... In fact, I had a hell of a time! I heard the comments made on stage and still was somehow able to enjoy Wolf Parade's performance.

Tons of positive feedback so far. You are the only negative yet.

Anonymous said...

By "tons of positive feedback" are you referring to your and jessica's comments? If so, I think you misunderstand the meaning of the word "tons."

Ryan of the RSL blog said...

Thanks for checking back to see if I published your comment. And thanks for being such a smart ass. I know what "a ton" is. It's a measure of weight that often used in examples of hyperbole in common language. In this case, let's replace the words "tons of positive feedback" with "overwhelmingly positive." Does that suit you?

Now, are you aware of what passive-aggressive means?