So first off I'd like to apologize. If I were a paid music critic I'd look up these people's names. Till then you are going to have to deal with names like keyboard player, and bassist.
Why do music scenes emerge? What the hell is up with Canada? How come we do not have this kind of talent here? Oh yeah the Government pays their rock bands to make artful music.
I saw Wolf Parade last night. The best part was the fact that NYC's own French Kicks opened up. They were cheesy and sucked (I wanted to see Holy Fuck!!!, but they got pushed to be the first act) especially when compared to the rawness of Wolf Parade. They came out apologized to the crowd that they take 30 seconds between each song. So polite, those Canadians.
Absolutely nothing was a carbon copy of the album. The drummer had a bit too much crack and played much of the night somewhat faster than the album. It was almost as if they felt so sorry for the delay between songs they would rush through the song as quickly as possible. Some times this worked to great effect. Grounds for Divorce in particular benefited from this reckless style of play.
Wolf Parade swells with emotion. Both singers belt out tunes as if they are holding back ghosts. Songs like "This Hearts on Fire" "You are a Runner and I am My Father's Son and "I'll Believe in Anything" are anthemic indie rock at it's best. They closed the evening with Dinner Bells. A suicidal song, slower than much of what they played that evening moved upward toward a cacophony of sound. The band left Ending the singer croning repeatedly over silence "You love and you love and you love.... till it all goes away An admittedly cheesy yet affective line.