May 19, 2016

Wolf Parade played Bowery Ballroom

Following a five year hiatus, Wolf Parade are back with a new EP and a tour to celebrate their glorious return.

We're living in an age where reunions seem to be announced almost on a weekly basis (or at least with each new festival line-up), so it seems a little odd to declare Wolf Parade's upcoming tour as a bonafide reunion. It's only been five years since their last show (and only six years since their last album), but in an ever-changing musical landscape, their return is more than welcome. A lot has changed since the band released their crushing debut, Apologies to the Queen Mary, in 2005 and Pitchfork has already done a write-up on what their comeback means in today's state of music. In short, the term "indie" has been blown out of the water. A decade ago, blogs were propelling the careers of bands like Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Bloc Party, TV on the Radio and Arcade Fire was still using "the" at the front of their name. Here in 2016, festivals are dominated by EDM and day-glo and aren't the same breeding ground they once were for new up and coming bands lacking radio airplay and Grammy nominations. (Compare the 2005 Coachella line-up to that of this year.) So, while it might not be a full-blown reunion on the same scale as that of Axl and Slash, Wolf Parade have reemerged with a power and intensity that was apparent as soon as they walked on stage. Entering to The Clash's "Magnificent Seven", the band was greeted with massive applause and proceeded to deliver a truly amazing set. Kicking things off with "It's a Curse" didn't hurt their cause and allowed the band to relish in their glory. Spencer Kruger and Dan Boeckner exchanged encapsulating howls as the band mixed noisy guitars and powerful electronics, again reaffirming their place and importance in the lives of their many fans. Their songs, anthems really, reached soaring heights as a capacity crowd cheered along to each tune. "I swore this song was dead to me and I'd never do it again live" announced Krug as the band plunged into "Grounds For Divorce" much to the overtly delighted crowd. Everything they played was delivered with urgency, importance, force, and passion. Rapturous applause circulated after each and every song, further proving the band's prominence in the early aughts indie rock scene that many had placed on the back burner, but were more than ecstatic to relive. As the main set concluded with "I'll Believe in Anything", it was clear that the song signified a huge moment for many in attendance. The shout along chorus was massive as fists pumped in the air, seconding the outcry put forth by the band. A real moment when many clenched their hands, shut their eyes, and screamed along as if their lives depended on that instance. The encore was more from Apologies and ending with "Dinner Bells " was clearly momentous. "We haven't played this in like 8 years" Krug declared as the band, again, ushered in more unremembered, but completely warranted nostalgia. A relic of a not long ago era that still cried for remembrance and was met with utter joy.

01. "It's a Curse"
02. "You Are A Runner and I am My Father's Son"
03. "Fancy Claps"
04. "Language City"
05. "An Animal In Your Care"
06. "C'est La Vie"
07. "Floating World"
08. "Ghost Pressure"
09. "Mr. Startup"
10. "Fine Young Cannibals"
11. "Grounds For Divorce"
12. "Automatic"
13. "California Dreamer"
14. "I'll Believe In Anything"
15. "This Heart's On Fire"
16. "Dinner Bells"

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