We Are Wolves

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We Are Wolves
We Are Wolves 2006.jpg
We Are Wolves in 2006
Background information
Origin Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Genres Indie rock, dance-punk
Years active 2000–present
Labels Fat Possum Records
Dare to Care Records
Website Official website
Members Alexander Ortiz
Vincent Levesque
Pierre-Luc Bégin
Past members Antonin Marquis

We Are Wolves are a Canadian indie rock band, based in Montreal, consisting of vocalist and bassist Alexander Ortiz, keyboardist/backing vocalist Vincent Levesque and drummer/vocalist Pierre-Luc Bégin. The band released their debut album, Non-Stop Je Te Plie en Deux with Fat Possum Records, in 2005.[1] They have toured extensively across Canada, the United States and Europe to support the album and have been playlisted on CBC Radio 3. They also performed live on the first episode of that network's live concert series CBC Radio 3 Sessions. Their second album, Total Magique, was released September 4, 2007, with a new label Dare to Care Records.

History[edit]

Around 2000, Alexander Ortiz and Vincent Levesque, both from the visual art world, along with Antonin Marquis, formed a band with synthesizers, bass, vocals and drums. In their own words the band likes to qualify their sound as “a post-punk landscape with analogue trees. Like rock after the postmodern explosion”. Nameless until 2002, Alexander showed up at the jam space wearing a home-made shirt with a skull spitting a synth displaying the inscription, 'We Are Wolves'. At that moment they decided to name the band We Are Wolves.

In 2005, they released the album "Non-Stop Je Te Plie en Deux" on the American label Fat Possum. We Are Wolves promoted the album with shows in international festivals including Le Rock dans tous ses états, Les Eurokéennes, Dour Festival, SXSW, CMJ, Virgin Festival and Osheaga. They had their first North American tour in spring 2005. They opened for …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead and The (International) Noise Conspiracy. In September of that year, they performed at North East Sticks Together. A second tour came in 2006 in which they supported the Gossip in addition to some solo gigs across Canada and the United States. They completed a five-week tour in Europe with Montreal act Duchess Says, in summer 2006.

May 2007 brought the single “Fight and Kiss”.[2] This EP also features “Coconut 155” and marks the second chapter in their career. We Are Wolves presented their second full-length album “Total Magique” on September 4, 2007, in Canada and on October 2, 2007, in the U.S. They were well received by the media and received press in Pitchfork Media and Spin.[3][4] After sold out gigs in Quebec, receiving the M-Galaxie Prize at M for Montreal and participating in four shows for CMJ,[5] the band toured Canada, the U.S. and Europe in 2007-2008.

In September 2008, We Are Wolves won a Gémeaux Award for the Best TV Musical Theme for Bazzo.tv theme.[6]

The song "Psychic Kids" is featured on the video game Midnight Club: Los Angeles, and the song "Fight and Kiss" is featured on the video game Need for Speed: ProStreet.

We Are Wolves released their third full-length album, Invisible Violence, on October 6, 2009.[7]

In Gran Turismo 5 the song Holding Hands from the album Invisible Violence is used in the game.

Their fourth album, "La Mort Pop Club", was released on February 26th of 2013.[8]

Musical style[edit]

Their style is characterized by primal drum sounds, repetitive guitar riffs and bass motives, electronic instrumentation, and male vocals that represent rhythmic, rather than melodic, phrasing. Because of these elements, their sound has been described as "primitive" and this identity is represented by the band's moniker.[9] One of their first shows was held at the art pavilion of Concordia University. Since then, natives of Montreal have seen them live in traditional venues, loft parties and art galleries such as Belgo, Saidye Bronfman Center and Fonderie Darling.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

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