Wolf Parade’s next shows are in July. You can see the full list of dates on the tour page. They’ve added a few additional dates in September with no word of a more proper tour just yet. In fact, it looks like Wolf Parade will likely take a break after those September dates until 2017.
Speaking of Moonface, June 3rd was the release date for ‘My Best Human Face’ the second release with Finnish band Siinai. Congrats to Spencer and Siinai on another amazing record. You can purchase the new record as well as read a long journal post from Spencer about the record here. You can watch the video for ‘Risto’s Riff’ here.
Moonface and Siinai are performing a small set of dates starting tomorrow in Berlin. Check the tour page for full list of dates.
Operators have been long listed for this year’s Polaris Music Prize! Congrats to them!! The short list will be announced on July 14th!
Check out this full video stream from their performance for KEXP from this past April:
They’ve also added some festival dates this summer and fall including Camp Wavelength in Ontario on August 19th and Rifflandia on Vancouver Island on September 17th.
Released on May 2, 2006, ‘Shut Up I Am Dreaming’ has officially turned 10 years old! It was the second release for Sunset Rubdown and the debut of the full band sound. Spencer’s first release as Sunset Rubdown, 2005’s ‘Snakes Got A Leg’, featured him playing/recording all instruments into his PC with a shitty microphone. Super minimal and raw, it’s an amazing introduction into the world of Spencer Krug.
In January of 2006 Spencer released an ‘EP’ as Sunset Rubdown which included Camilla Wynne Ingr adding vocals on a few tracks. In my opinion that EP has some of the most beautifully sparse tracks that Spencer has ever created including my favorite, ‘Three Colors’, which features just tambourine, keyboards, and acoustic guitar.
‘Shut Up I Am Dreaming’ went to the next level and literally explodes with energy from the very first second of ‘Stadiums and Shrines’. Along with Camilla, the new full band sound was created by the core Sunset Rubdown band members: Jordan Robson-Cramer, and Michael Doerksen. My favorite track on SUIAD, and possibly my favorite Spencer Krug song of all time, is the 7 minute opus ‘The Men Are Called Horsemen There’. I love it mostly for it’s hypnotic waltz melody and the bizarre imagery in the lyrics. Then there’s this amazing build up to the 3:38 mark that has Spencer belting “If I was a horse I would throw up the reigns if I was you, oh oh oh oh oh.” They rarely played it live when they toured in 2006, but in 2009 they started playing it again. Here’s a great live version from their last tour:
As I posted a few months ago, Spencer Krug aka Moonface was preparing a new record with Siinai. Now we have the details! ‘My Best Human Face’ will be released on June 3rd. You can pre-order the record now through Jagjaguwar. Spencer had this to say about the record:
I called this thing My Best Human Face not only because that’s one of my favorite lines on the album, but because I sometimes don’t know who I am, or if I’m as kind and generous and happy as other people. The title speaks to the vague theme of identity-confusion that is loosely woven into the songs — a reoccurring theme I recognized only after the writing was done. It’s a confusion which I think exists for most of us, sure, but that doesn’t mean it has to be the campfire in the middle of our circle; we don’t have to stare into the flames. It’s simply not that important. At end of it all, these are good-time songs, meant to inspire good times in the listener. They were made joyously, with a stubborn love of music at their centre. And while some of the content might be dark or sad, the memories of making these songs brings only gladness and gratitude, and it’s their construction, not deconstruction, that I want to celebrate now.
1. The Nightclub Artiste
2. Risto’s Riff
3. Them Call Themselves Old Punks
4. Ugly Flower Pretty Vase
5. City Wrecker
6. Prairie Boy
7. The Queen Of Both Lightness And Dark
Spencer also wrote about the track Risto’s Riff, which you can hear below:
This song originated with a pleasingly simple riff from guitarist Risto Joensuu, hence the name. For a long time it had a down-tempo, nitty-gritty-rock’n’roll kind of vibe that ultimately left us unable to finish it in a way that we liked, though we weren’t exactly sure why. It was like maybe we were making a song for our dads, not ourselves. But then in the recording studio we changed the beat and started playing it really fast instead, and within an hour the music was finished and put to tape. And then we had a round of high-fives. Not literally, but emotionally. Like with our eyes. Eye-fives.
Moonface and Siinai do have some tour dates planned in Europe but nothing in North America at the moment. Spencer will be performing a one off show in Chicago in April and a few others in British Columbia:
A new interview with Spencer Krug came out today via Pitchfork. In it Spencer talks about the reuniting of Wolf Parade as well as the releasing of new music under his Moonface moniker. It looks like we’ll have a Moonface with Siinai record sometime this summer! And Spencer also mentions he’s recorded the next solo Moonface record as well!
Also announced today, Moonface will be doing a one off show in Chicago at Lincoln Hall on April 17th. Tickets are on sale now. No word if Spencer plans to add more Moonface shows before the Wolf Parade residencies in May.
Here we go!!! Wolf Parade will be playing residency shows in May and June in NYC, Toronto, and London. TICKETS ARE ON PRE-SALE NOW AT http://www.wolfparade.com/.
The NYC shows are on pre-sale though Ticketmaster by using the Brooklyn Vegan password: WOLFPARADE. (edit: The NYC pre sale is currently sold out). Two shows in Toronto have sold out of the pre sale. Both London shows are still on pre sale through WolfParade.com
For NYC the general onsale will be on Friday January 22nd at 12pm EST.
For Toronto the general onsale will be on Friday January 22nd at 9am EST.
For London the general onsale will be on Tuesday January 19th at 9am GMT.
Here are all the current shows and ticketing links:
Also By joining Wolf Parade Online you are automatically entered to win a signed copy of “Apologies to the Queen Mary” on Vinyl. The winner will be notified via email. How cool is that!! Looks like there’s an official fan club now!
There had been some rumors that Spencer had recorded a new record with Siinai before leaving Helsinki and now we have proof! Excited to hear the follow up to their incredible first collaboration, Heartbreaking Bravery.
It’s also looking like Operators will have their debut new record out next year as well! 2016 is going to be amazing!
Today marks the 10 year anniversary of Wolf Parade’s ‘Apologies To The Queen Mary’. This record has influenced and inspired a legion of fans. The ’12 Days of Apologies’ project was full of art, videos, covers, essays, all inspired by the 12 tracks that make up this brilliant record.
Thank you Arlen, Dan, Spencer, and Hadji for creating this record. Your music has been the soundtrack to my life, and for that I will forever be grateful.
“10 years ago this weekend an album was released that changed my life. Wolf Parade felt like they existed just for me. They were fully charged with emotion and their songs were epic productions of heart stopping grandeur. Guitars and drums and keyboards crashed in an unholy mess that was beyond thrilling. They had released some EPs that caught my attention. The first time I heard them I was hooked. Then they released their debut album. “Apologies to the Queen Mary” was born and in time it would become my favourite album of all time. It is near perfect. 12 songs of exploration, love, joy and passion. Two singers and songwriters, Dan and Spencer, that pushed and pulled each other to great heights. If a more perfect song has ever been recorded than “I’ll Believe in Anything” then I would like to meet it. I was lucky enough to see them twice in Canada in 2005 and in 2007. I will never forget them. They released two more albums of impeccable quality and then went their separate ways. I will never forget them and I will always have their perfect first album living deep inside my heart.”
And so it ends. Today is the last day of our ’12 Days of Apologies’ project. I really can not thank Arlen, Dan, and Spencer enough for entrusting me with their memories. This site has always been an absolute labor of love for me. Apologies really means alot to me personally, and it literally lead to great changes in my life. I’m so grateful to know these guys and to have been part of an incredible 10 years.
Now on to celebrating This Hearts on Fire!!
Justin Joffe of the NY Observer wrote a beautiful piece about Apologies to the Queen Mary. I spoke with him and my thoughts are featured in the article. Here are his thoughts on This Heart’s on Fire:
That the album ends instead with “This Heart’s on Fire” becomes an act of triumph for Mr. Boeckner, who still talks about his mother (“I am my mother’s hen, and left the body in bed all day, we don’t know what to do”) but has begun to look forward to the future. “It’s getting better all the time,” he repeats again and again, while the song builds to a final closure and he yells, with a pack of brothers behind him, “This heart’s on fire, this heart’s on fire!” Backed by Mr. Krug’s keyboard arpeggios, Arlen Thompson’s nearly heavy metal drumming, and Hadji Bakara’s textured electronics, the swell is felt just as strongly with repeated listens.
This old 2003 demo is the earliest version of ‘This Heart’s On Fire’ with just Spencer, Arlen, and Dan.
Here’s an excerpt from the last chapter of my talk with Spencer. He also graciously emailed me how 3 of his songs from Apologies came to fruition and the inspirations behind them. You can read the full post here.
Who came up with the tracklist for Apologies?
SK: To be honest I think Sub Pop had a lot to do with putting the track list together. I remember Stuart (Meyer) from Sub Pop saying ‘You Are a Runner…’ has to be first and us just being like ‘yeah we don’t care, of course’. We didn’t care back then. I can’t remember if they had an idea for the entire sequence but I definitely remember Stuart wanting that song to be first. I remember talking for a long time about the sequence for Expo 86 and for a short time on the sequence of Mount Zoomer and not talking at all about the sequence of Apologies. The first record we didn’t care. We didn’t think it was that important probably. The label just suggested a sequence and we were like, yeah. I think we liked it because it went me, Dan, me, Dan for the most part. That set this precedent for all the albums.
This is also the last chapter of my talk with Arlen. Here’s part of it, but read on the main ‘This Heart’s on Fire’ page about the hilarious take of ‘You Are A Runner..’ that disappeared, featuring a dub reggae singin Isaac Brock! I’ll have the full version archived eventually on the ’12 Days of Apologies’ page:
That Rocket Bar show in St Louis that Spencer and Dan talked about was probably thee worst show we ever played. The place had a really weird set up to it and it had a bunch of the regulars, and they really didn’t give a shit. We played with two really bad openers and everyone was in a bad mood. We were just all super burnt out at that point. Burnt out with each other, burnt out on everything. You know playing a show that there’s no crowd; I don’t think there was any promotion or whatever. We were just super burned out. I remember we got in the van after that show and drove straight home to Montreal. Then we were in Montreal for a long time, basically waiting around for something to happen and that was pretty frustrating for us that we didn’t have any mixes and didn’t know what was really going on. There were songs that were unfinished which now I finally got the full master reels. I just got the reels last week actually.
This one created by Hadji’s step-dad has over 2 Million views!
The one and only time Wolf Parade performed on late night tv! Performing ‘This Heart’s on Fire’ on Craig Ferguson
You can see more videos, some amazing covers and illustrations, as well as the last chapter of my talks with Spencer and Arlen here.