Wednesday, March 24, 2010

[new album] Wolf Parade - LP #3 (Possible Double Album!)

Wolf Parade wrap up recording LP #3

So weird things happen when you're without internet for a while. I used to think that going off the grid was a comforting experience where one can let loose and forget about the hustle and bustle of daily life. Unfortunately (it's actually quite sad), I've never been more concerned about finding a way to plug back into to the world-wide web. And as soon I as do, crazy things like the health bill passing (how long was I gone?), UW is in the Sweet Sixteen (again, speechless), and new album news have completely blown my mind...

According to Exclaim News, "Wolf Parade are about to begin mixing their third album, having recently wrapped up recording at Hotel2Tango." There is a tentative Sub Pop release date as early as June 29(!), yet nothing is official.

According to Dan Boeckner, "Everyone's been working on it for 12 hours a day, seven days a week for the last two weeks. We ended up recording, I think, 15 songs, over 80 minutes of music, and we don't really know now whether we're going to put out an LP or a double album. If we did an LP maybe we'd do an LP and an EP, because we want to put all of the songs out. There were no songs that we recorded where everyone was like, 'Oh, that's a dud.'"

Wolf Parade's last album At Mount Zoomer, which relied heavily on overdubs and studio polishing, was unfortunately criticized for its lack of energy in songs that rocked in concert. In response to Zoomer's reception, "the entire [third] album was tracked in a single two-week session, a speed made possible by the fact that the band recorded almost everything live to tape." As Boeckner explained, "This is not a fussed-over computer record. There's almost zero overdubs on the record. So what you're hearing is pretty much what it sounds like live.”

What will be most interesting on this album is the band's new lineup change, and how this could affect the WP sound that we all know and love. For those who need a little refresher, keyboardist/"sound manipulator" Hadji Bakara has left the band to pursue a PhD in English literature. According to Exclaim, Boeckner and Dante DeCara have had to fill the keyboarding roles for "a few songs that are really, really intensely keyboard-heavy, but not like Depeche Mode."

Before the album's release date, the band also plans to release a 7" single! But that's not all... Handsome Furs are also apparently planning to release new material in spring of 2011.

And if this news couldn't possibly get any better, it does!!! Combining two of my favorite bands for one awesome live show, "Boeckner will be playing guitar and singing with Spoon on April 26, when the Texan rockers play New York City's Radio City Music Hall." Holy crap, indeed!

Wolf Parade's tour begins April 1, and expect many additions to follow as the album release date approaches.

Wolf Parade tour dates:

Apr 1 // Quebec City, QC – Imperial de Quebec*
Apr 3 // Halifax, NS – Paragon Theatre*
Apr 4 // Fredericton, NB – The Market*
Apr 6 // Kingston, ON – The Ale House*
Apr 7 // Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre*
May 6 // Budapest, Hungary – A38
May 7 // Krems, Austria – Donau Festival
May 8 // Leipzig, Germany – Pop Up Festival
May 9 // Prague, Czech Republic – Matrix
May 11 // Salzburg, Austria – Rockhouse
May 12 // Bologna, Italy – Locomotiv Club
May 13 // Torino, Italy – Spazio 211
May 16 // Brussels, Belgium – Le Botanique
May 17 // Brighton, UK – Concorde2
May 18 // London, UK – HMV Forum
May 19 // Glasgow UK – Oran Mor
May 20 // Dublin, Ireland – Vicar Street
May 21 // Manchester, UK – Manchester Club Academy
May 22 // Utrecht, Netherlands – Tivoli De Helling
May 25 // Zagreb, Croatia – Teatar & TD
May 26 // Ljubljana, Slovenia – Menza Pri Koritu
May 27 // Milano, Italy – Salumeria della Musica
May 28 // St Gallen, Switzerland – Palace
May 29 // Dudingen, Switzerland – Bad Bonn Festival
May 31
// Paris, France – Nouveau Casino

* with We Are Wolves