Wolf Parade is probably the 100,000th amazing band to come from Montreal, Que. I don’t know what it is about that city, but it seems to be producing some great Canadian talent. Off the top of my head, or better yet, off the screen on my ipod: Arcade Fire, Sam Roberts Band, The Stills, Malajube, Chromeo, etc. etc. come to mind when I think of music from Montreal. Edit: Leonard Cohen also came up, so I’ll give him an honourable mention for all you poets out there.
Expo 86 is the name of the third album by these Montreal natives, and while the name of the album has no real bearing on the content, it may have some significance when it comes to the youthful and energetic vibes of the songs. In a simple twist of fate (que Bob Dylan song now) in 1986, the various members that came to form Wolf Parade attended the World’s Fair held in Vancouver, BC. None of them knew each other at the time, but in a nostalgic moment that they all shared, the name Expo 86 was chosen.
Something that’s always been noticeable to me (and I’m sure to many other Wolf Parade fans) is the clear distinction between Spencer Krug and Dan Boeckner’s song styles. When it comes to this album, however, the two seem united creating what is arguably the bands liveliest CD.
What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had to Go This Way) is my favourite song on the album. It’s a Krug track that has a bit of a Bowie sound to it!
I also thought I should include a Boeckner song to be fair! Give Ghost Pressure a listen!
As a side note: Spencer Krug and Dan Boeckner have some side projects going on, so check them out if you’re interested.
Spencer Krug: Sunset Rubdown
Dan Boeckner: Handsome Furs
Wolf Parade is playing in Toronto on November 26th, 2010 at Sound Academy.