NATURE OF THE PACK Wolf Parade

Lupine howls and standing tall at the foot of Mount
Zoomer
.

 

 

BY HAL
BIENSTOCK

 

 

Ever since
their 2006 debut, Apologies to the Queen
Mary
, sent Wolf Parade into the upper echelon of indie rock, fans have been
clamoring for a new album. Yet it seemed like the band members were more
interested in their solo projects-whether keyboardist Spencer Krug’s Sunset
Rubdown or guitarist Dan Boeckner’s Handsome Furs.

 

 

Bockener
says he and Krug were working on Wolf Parade songs the whole time, but just
never got around to recording them. Finally, the band decided to isolate itself
in the Arcade Fire’s studio outside of Montreal and get to work. “We didn’t
know anyone out there, so we stayed up all night eating barbecue meat and
getting the songs to a point where we could record them without screwing them
up,” he says.

 

 

The result
of all that meat-fueled isolation is At
Mount Zoomer
(Sub Pop), which finds Wolf Parade shifting from a band with
two leaders into a cohesive unit. If Apologies sounded like a tug-of-war between the different styles of Krug and Boeckner, At Mount Zoomer is the sound of them
finding new ways to complement one another. “Spencer keeps me from writing
updated versions of Tom Petty songs and I reign in his proggy Deerhoof sort of
stuff,” Boeckner explains. “There used to be more conflict about that, but now
we know each other so well and have played together enough that it just comes
naturally.”

 

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