By Brayden Unwin
February 27, 2018
Playing as a three-piece for the first time in 15 years, Wolf Parade lean on the chemistry of the two frontmen to make their elements shine. From the first rolling keyboard notes of “Lazarus Online” the floor of Wise Hall began to bounce and it could be seen that the room was filled with fans.
The nights highlight came with pounding renditions of songs like “Shine a Light” and “I’ll Believe in Anything,” as the contrasting frontmen bellowed from opposite sides of the stage. Boeckner and Krug now play a more central role to the live show as there is nothing to hide behind and each still brings their own intensity and chameleon-like ability to play off each others sound.
There was a palpable change of energy in the small room as the band launched into new material, playing a handful new songs on the night. While the new songs were well received their delivery felt mildly nervous and should be remembered on the evening as “works in progress.” Closing out with a raucous encore that felt at moments like a jam, Wolf Parade made a strong statement that their future needn’t be on their ability to pull off the three-piece arrangement but on their strength as one.The Wise Hall