|Origin||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Genres||Indie rock, post-punk revival|
|Years active||2003–2011, 2016|
|Past members||Hadji Bakara|
Wolf Parade is an indie rock band formed in 2003 in Montreal, Quebec of musicians from British Columbia. The band went on indefinite hiatus in 2011, but announced its return to recording and performing in January 2016.
Wolf Parade began in April 2003, when former Frog Eyes member Spencer Krug was offered a gig by Grenadine Records' Alex Megelas. With only a three-week deadline to form a band, Krug contacted a fellow Canadian guitarist Dan Boeckner (formerly of British Columbia band Atlas Strategic) and began writing songs in Krug's apartment. Initially using a drum machine for their rhythm section played through computer speakers, Krug later invited Arlen Thompson to the lineup as the drummer; however, the newly formed trio rehearsed as a full band only the day before their first show. During the tour, Wolf Parade recorded and released their self-titled debut EP (referred to as the 4 Song EP).
In September 2003, Hadji Bakara joined Wolf Parade, contributing his synthesizer and sound manipulation skills to the lineup. By the summer of 2004 the band released its second independent, self-titled EP, commonly referred to as the 6 Song EP.
In September 2004, the band traveled to Portland, Oregon to record with Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock. Brock had recently signed the band to Sub Pop when he was an A&R man for the label at the time. He had known Dan Boeckner from his days in Atlas Strategic, who had toured with Modest Mouse and were offered a Sub Pop signing just before the band split up. Wolf Parade spent two and a half weeks working 14-hour days in Portland. After some remixing, the band returned to Montreal to finish recording. The album was scheduled for a May release, but then pushed back. On its new record label, the band released its first widely distributed EP, Wolf Parade, in July 2005. In September 2005, the band's debut album Apologies to the Queen Mary was released on Sub Pop Records to critical acclaim, earning a 2006 Polaris Music Prize nomination.
Dante DeCaro (formerly of Hot Hot Heat) joined sometime in 2005 as a second guitarist and percussionist. In 2008, an arrangement by Kenji Fusé of the Wolf Parade song "I'll Believe in Anything" for full symphony orchestra received a reading by the Victoria Symphony.
The band's second album, At Mount Zoomer, followed in June 2008. An on-stage announcement in November 2008 that Dante DeCaro would no longer be playing with the band was later revealed to have been a joke. Hadji Bakara left the band in 2008 to pursue an academic career. He is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Chicago.
Wolf Parade reconvened in November 2009 to begin work on their third album, Expo 86. In an interview with Exclaim! magazine, Dan Boeckner stated that the album may be released as a double album or as an LP and an EP, given the sheer amount of quality songs to come out of the sessions. The five members realized they'd all been at Vancouver's World Fair in the same week when they were kids, which is how the album got its name. The album was produced by Howard Bilerman and was released in the United States on June 29, 2010.
Wolf Parade kicked off their 2010 North American tour in Montreal. Following the tour, the band announced it would go on indefinite hiatus after playing a small number of shows in 2011, including the Sasquatch! Music Festival.
On January 14, 2016, Wolf Parade updated their website adding "2016" and launched new Twitter and Instagram pages, indicating the band's return from hiatus. The following day, they announced a series of concert dates for later that year, and that they had been working on new music.
- Spencer Krug – vocals, keyboards
- Dan Boeckner – vocals, guitar
- Arlen Thompson - drums
- Dante DeCaro – guitar, bass, percussion, keyboards
- Spencer Krug releases solo music under the name of Moonface and was the lead singer of now-defunct rock band Sunset Rubdown. He was previously in Frog Eyes, Fifths of Seven, and Swan Lake.
- Dan Boeckner was formerly a member of the indie rock duo Handsome Furs which he formed with his wife Alexei Perry. Before joining Wolf Parade, Boeckner played in Atlas Strategic. He is currently playing in the bands Divine Fits and Operators.
- Dante DeCaro is currently fronting a project called Johnny and the Moon. Prior to Wolf Parade, DeCaro played in Hot Hot Heat.
- Arlen Thompson played drums on the Arcade Fire song "Wake Up". He also helped produce both Handsome Furs albums at his Mount Zoomer recording studio in Montreal. He is a member of the side-project Treasure Hunt, which has since changed its name to avoid confusion with the moniker of experimental musician, Myles Byrne-Dunhill.
- Hadji Bakara is a member of the synth-bass-dance-rap production team Megasoid, along with Speakerbruiser Rob, formerly Sixtoo. He also helped with treatments on "Black Mirror", "Neon Bible" and "My Body Is a Cage" off Arcade Fire's album Neon Bible.
- Apologies to the Queen Mary (2005) Sub Pop No. 158 (US)
- At Mount Zoomer (2008) Sub Pop No. 45 (US)
- Expo 86 (2010) Sub Pop No. 48 (US)
- "Modern World" (2006, Sub Pop)
- "Shine A Light" (2006, Sub Pop)
- "I'll Believe in Anything" (2006, Sub Pop)
- "Call it A Ritual" (2008, Sub Pop)
- "Language City" (2008, Sub Pop)
- "Semi-Precious Stone" / "Agents Of Love" (2010, Sub Pop)
- "Claxxon's Lament" on The Believer 2005 Music Issue CD
- Official site, "Wolf Parade Bio", SubPop.com, August 13, 2007.
- Interview with Arlen Thompson, "Wolf Parade at Iceland Airwaves", icelandairwaves.com, retrieved March 20, 2008.
- Barclay, Michael. "Hungry Like the Wolf Parade". Exclaim.ca. Retrieved 2011-03-09.
- "Wolf Parade Nominated For Polaris", CMJ News Story, July 7, 2006.
- Carpenter, Lorraine."Wolf Parade’s Concrete Jungle", Exclaim!, July 2008.
- Review + Setlist + Photos: Wolf Parade and Listening Party at the Gargoyle, Saturday, November 8 Riverfront Times, November 9, 2008
- Dante DeCaro Not Leaving Wolf Parade Pitchfork, Mon Nov 10, 2008
- Carlick, Stephen. "Wolf Parade The Pack Reunited". Exclaim.ca. Retrieved 2011-03-09.
- "Exclusive: Wolf Parade Talk New LP - "This Is Not a Fussed-Over Computer Record"". Exclaim.ca. 2010-03-19. Retrieved 2011-03-09.
- "Wolf Parade Kick Off Tour in Montreal | Wolf Parade Open at Le National". SPIN.com. Retrieved 2011-03-09.
- Eamonn Fetherston (May 29, 2011). "Sasquatch 2011: Wolf Parade, Live In Concert". NPR.org. Retrieved May 30, 2014.
- Jazz Monroe (January 14, 2016). "Wolf Parade are back". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved January 14, 2016.
- Jazz Monroe (January 15, 2016). "Wolf Parade Announce First Shows in Five Years, Working on New Music". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved January 15, 2016.
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