Saturday, September 8, 2007

Reviews:: Wolf Parade live @ Richards on Richards

photos courtesy of CY

Ok... this is short and to the point. Last night, Vancouver was chock o block full of music. Spoon and Velvet Revolver entertained indie kids and the 90's alternative, flannel shirt wearing ilk respectively. But the best show, hands down, was Wolf Parade @ Richards on Richards.

The night opened with Holy F*ck blasting through a freak out, head nodding electro set that got the crowd moving, but aside from the Dungeons & Dragon fans we heard mentioning to anyone who would listen that they were only there for the openers, people were there to hear Dan and Spencer play new material.

Quite simply, if the new Wolf Parade record sounds half as good as the songs last night, it's going to be the record of the year. The mix of Spencer and Dan's influence and variation was all good. They blasted through about 5 new songs, played the hits and absolutely owned a Fine Young Cannibals cover (at least I think that's what Dan said). The set was short, only about an hour and ten minutes (thanks to the fact that Richards likes to get the party started early), but at no point did the energy and tension slip.

The stark contrast you hear between the two (especially in their solo work) comes together perfectly for WP. Dan was the complete opposite of the Press Your Luck mantra - whammy (bar), whammy, DON'T STOP - and Spencer banged out synth riffs with only a lsight break to chuck on a headband. The band was super tight, but it's really hard to describe this set, as for the first time in a long time, I watched a band just as a fan.

So far, this was the set of the year for me.

If you are in any of the following citues, GO SEE THIS BAND:
Sep 08: Seattle, WA @ Neumo's
Sep 09: Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom (as part of MusicfestNW)
Sep 10: Eugene, OR @ W.O.W. Hall
Sep 12: San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
Sep 13: Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
Sep 14: San Diego, CA @ Cane's
Sep 15: Pomona, CA @ Glass House


Posted at 1:57 PM by ack :: 1 comments

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At 2:30 PM, Blogger Steve did sayeth:

Just saw 'em last night in Seattle, and HolyMaryMotherofGod. After the show I immediately contacted multiple people living in Portland and told them they MUST go.My first conscious reaction to the new songs was the same as yours: the new album is going to be unreal. I like that it seems like Spencer and Dan are writing songs together now, whereas the songs on "Apologies" (while all insanely good) seemed to alternate between Spencer songs & Dan songs. The 14 minute song they closed the set with didn't feel too long at all. Then they came back & kicked ass with a two-song encore, closing the night with everyone screaming along to "I'll Believe in Anything."


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