Wolf Parade EP
By Jeffrey GreenblattAugust 19, 2005
Apparently Canada and the Montreal scene is the new Williamsburg/Omaha/Sweden/Seattle/Athens or any other buzz city/country you want to throw into the mix that is going to save music. Sure our neighbors to the North have given us the likes of Bryan Adams and Alanis Morissette, but more recently they’ve been exporting some very fine and critically acclaimed bands - The New Pornographers, Broken Social Scene, The Arcade Fire and Tegan &Sara. The latest in the line are art rockers Wolf Parade with the release of their self-titled Sub Pop EP. At four tracks and a little over thirteen minutes long the discs give you a good taste of what’s to come -their full-length drops this fall.
Isaac Brock, of Modest Mouse fame, produces the first two cuts – which will appear on their full-length debut. You can hear his obvious influence on the band with their spastic vocals and odd instrumentation on "You Are A Runner, And I Am My Father’s Son" and "Lousy Pictures."While the other two tracks have more of an upbeat, dance-y sound – think Franz Ferdinand. Despite being short in length there is certainly enough here to get excited about. You might want to get in on the ground floor with these guys, so go pick this up now and beat the hipster crowd to it because in a few short months I’m sure they’re going to be in every magazine being touted as the next big buzz band from Montreal.