Truck Store Recommends – Wolf Parade

This Canadian alt-rock institution return from a self-imposed hiatus in 2011 with an absolute heart-punch of a record; a thrilling edge-of-the-seat indie-glam-powerpop gem that will delight old fans but equally convert many new ones.

Having emerged from the same scene that gave the world Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene and a host of acts described by Pitchfork as “scrappy bands with bristling guitars, raw-throated vocalists, janky synths, and dog-eared thesauruses” Wolf Parade are back to claim their indie-rock crown

With 2 songwriters fronting the band; Spencer Krug (also of Frog Eyes, Sunset Rubdown, Moonface & more) and Dan Boeckner (Handsome Furs), the quality levels are high as each seems to be attempting to match the other in terms of intensity and emotional weight. Every note here is hammered out with a bombastic energy that drives the album into overdrive which is gripping from start to finish, the stabbing keys, stomping glam rhythm’s and outbursts of euphoric brass throughout keep the sound palette interesting.

Amidst the high-drama there’s references to both Bowie (in the vocal style) and, in the lyrics, Leonard Cohen; the latter serenaded on ‘Valley Boy’ suggesting his death the day before the election of Trump was somehow fortuitous, “Did you know that it was all gonna go wrong?/ Did you know that it would all be more than you could bear?“. Couple these very publicly grieved figures with the opening track’s tale of a fan named Rebecca who has “Decided not to die” and the poignancy inherent in the songs shines through, when you’re singing about life & death it needs these kind of energy levels!

We’re recent converts to the band here at Truck Store but can hear so much in this album it makes us wonder what we’ve missed! Anyone into Arcade Fire, Modest Mouse, Spoon, Shearwater Built To Spill etc who isn’t already on board, let us give you a helping hand!

Wolf Parade – Cry Cry Cry, CD

Click & Collect; Buy now and collect in-store at your convenience

£10.99

Wolf Parade – Cry Cry Cry LP (Limited Colour Vinyl)

Click & Collect; Buy now and collect in-store at your convenience

£24.99

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