We Are Wolves – Invisible Violence

January 01, 1970

(Dare To Care)



We Are Wolves’ last album, 2007’s Total
, was an exciting whirlwind of electro-tinged punk rock, even if it
relied a bit heavily on gimmicky synth warbles. The Montreal trio’s latest however, Invisible Violence, finds the band
advancing their sound in terms of texture and arrangement, while also borrowing
from classic rock guitar sounds. Mechanically throbbing, minimal drum beats and
synth bass remain intact over the course of the album’s twelve tracks, but the
band’s shrill guitar sounds scream out courtesy of simple and hard-rocking
power chords and lead riffs, at times recalling The Kinks (“Paloma”) or The Ramones
(“Holding Hands”).


We Are Wolves, at heart, are a relatively uncomplicated
band, latching onto a riff, repeating it, utilizing the power of repetition
that is at the core of so much good pop and punk. This is recognition of the
band’s ability, though, not disparagement. And on Invisible Violence, the Wolves push this formula further. The
melancholy “Dreams” begins ballad-like, before re-launching into a bittersweet,
fast-paced love song of sorts about a dream of “you and me in a house.”
Alexander Ortiz’s vocals are flat but layered and appealing, although he seems
to be doing his best Ozzy imitation on “Vague.” One of the record’s best tracks
and centerpiece, “Reaching For the Sky,” is built upon an undulating new-wave synth
pattern that skirts the line between punk and techno. At about the
three-and-a-half minute mark, after a proggy synth solo, most of the
instruments drop out leaving the pattern on repeat before the band jumps back
into the fray.


We Are Wolves vibrantly fuse together the best elements of
old-school punk and new-school electro. They are one of the few survivors of
this nearly decade-old trend to continue to successfully do so and make it
sound fresh and interesting. Even if you think you’ve heard it before, you
haven’t heard it quite like this.


Standout Tracks: “Reaching For the Sky,” “Holding Hands” JONAH FLICKER



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