The Spinners

Wolf Parade EP (Wolf Parade, 2005)

In Canadian, EPs, Indie Rock, Richard Bolisay on January 30, 2010 at 8:08 am

“Shine A Light” and “You Are a Runner and I Am My Father’s Son” appear in Apologies to the Queen Mary, Wolf Parade’s breakthrough record that further ascertained that Canada is not just the land of belters (Celine Dion), angsty pop stars (Alanis Morissette, Avril Lavigne) and lonely ladies (Joni Mitchell, Sarah MacLachlan) but also an enclave of rock bands (Broken Social Scene, The Unicorns, Of Montreal, Hot Hot Heat, Metric, Arcade Fire) that would later on become instrumental in the intense popularity of indie music in the noughties. The Canadian contribution to the indie explosion is somehow connected to the fact that these bands are very much close to Corporate America, where of course, instant fame is like ordering hamburgers, and being forgotten is like pushing that fame down with a sip of Coke. But in Wolf Parade’s case, it’s not really about fame, as most of them are busy with other bands and musical projects; it is about making the most of their time together—as a group. In this Wolf Parade EP, their third and is the only EP released by Sub Pop, Spencer Krug and Dan Boeckner alternates in the four tracks; Krug with his warbly yet enchanting exclamations and Boeckner with his raw and feisty voice. “Shine A Light” and “You Are a Runner and I Am My Father’s Son” are standout tracks, placed consecutively in the first half; while “Disco Sheets” and “Lousy Pictures” are more like balancing acts, continuing the circus to a lesser degree, but still modestly sound and frantic, the bass, drums, electric guitars, samples, and claps allowing the dramatic shifts in Krug and Boeckner’s voice to soar like a bird in flight. The third album is said to be in the works, but it wouldn’t be too bad to be left with this for quite a while.

– Richard Bolisay

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