On this Thanksgiving day (in America at least) I am thankful for the role music plays in my life, and especially thankful to the band Wolf Parade. I’ve met so many amazing people through my love of this band. I’ve had many great adventures and am forever grateful to this band for their kindness and generosity.
With that being said, here is a gift to all the fans. The first two demos ever recorded! As Dan said in Part 3 of our discussion, two songs were recorded at the Hotel 2 Tango studio in Montreal in the summer of 2003. ‘This Heart’s On Fire’, and an unreleased song Spencer wrote which he called ‘The Weather Song’.
Last night I was reminded by a forum member of this early Sunset Rubdown demo ‘The Weather Can Turn on You’. When I found the video below I sent it to Dan to verify it was the same song which they demoed. He responded with “Yup that’s ‘The Weather Song’. So weird to hear that. That was right when we started. The Wolf Parade version is great.” Then suddenly I got an email from Arlen with the two demo songs attached!
So here you go, the original version of ‘The Weather Song’ and the two NEVER HEARD BEFORE DEMOS!!!
Thanks so much to Arlen for sharing these!!
Here is the final chapter in my discussion with Dan Boeckner about that first year in the life of Wolf Parade:
The success of our first EP is basically all Arlen. He made that EP from scratch and that kind cemented Arlen’s role as not just the drummer in the band, but also great at production and production arrangement. I mean everyone arranged the songs together, but he arranged the effects and production. It was basically recorded on an 8 channel mixing board and a PC. But that’s where Arlen found his voice as the producer guy in the band. We all worked on the production aspect of it but Arlen really knew what he was doing, he had the equipment. He always knew how to work everything. He knew how to put the delay pedal into the auxiliary send of the PA so we could have fancy vocals at practice. He knew how to turn the mixing board on, he knew how to wire the PA. He was that guy. That continued on as we built a studio and re-recorded a bunch of shit for Apologies. He found his role in the band besides being an amazing drummer.