By Graeme Wiggins
February 22nd, 2017
VANCOUVER – The opening line of Wolf Parade’s song “This Heart’s on Fire” from their debut album Apologies To The Queen Mary is “Sometimes We Rock And Roll, Sometimes We Stay At Home” and for their first four or so songs, marred slightly by technical difficulties, it appeared that singer/keyboardist Spencer Krug regretted having taken the first option. The audience didn’t seem to mind (or even really notice), with “Shine a Light” drawing a particularly strong response.
After a short break, while some of the difficulties got resolved and, in Krug’s words, they got themselves “re-centred again,” things kicked into overdrive with a blistering rendition of “What Did My Lover Say (It Always Had to Go This Way)” and the rest of the show went smoothly. Wolf Parade’s strength lies in the chemistry and differences between Krug and Dan Boeckner, and live this interplay really showed its strength. While Krug seemed a little focused on what was going wrong, Boeckner was all smiles and energy. Musically the songs Boeckner sings tend towards the anthemic power pop side of the spectrum, while Krug’s are a little more on dramatic side and this balance kept the energy from being to same-y.
This was their first show back after three months of recording their new album so they played a couple of new ones that kept this dynamic going, with each singing one, Boeckner’s an almost Cars-y song, and Krug’s an excitingly moodier, more abstractly lyrical one. If these songs are a sign of things to come from the band then the album is definitely something to get excited about. This was their first show of three in Vancouver, after a bit of a break, and even with the technical difficulties they put on a good one. Once the they shake the dust off, the shows are only going to get better.The Imperial, The Pack AD, Wolf Parade