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.
Tomorrow is the first of the 5 night residency at Bowery Ballroom in NYC! Some tickets were released on Ticketmaster today. I’ve also been tweeting for friends and fans who have tickets to sell. If you still need a ticket there is also sometimes a chance that Bowery will release tickets at the door.
I’ll be at all 5 shows in NYC and I promise a full report at the end of the week! In the meantime follow me on twitter and instagram.
Wolf Parade have announced the release of ‘EP 4’, their first new music in over 5 years! Release date is Tuesday May 17th and you can purchase it digitally or in physical form. This is also the first day of their sold out residency shows in New York City at Bowery Ballroom.
02) Mr. Startup
03) C’est La Vie Way
04) Floating World
The reissue of ‘Apologies To The Queen Mary’ was finally released this week. Those that purchased the ‘Loser Edition’ received the 3 LP’s in 3 different colors. The first 2 LP’s being the record and the 3rd is a compilation of all 3 EP’s. Included on that 3rd LP is the never released before band version of ‘Snakes on a Ladder’ which was recorded during the same sessions as ATTQM. Dan Boeckner later recorded a solo version of the song on acoustic guitar for Handsome Fur’s first record ‘Plague Park’.
Apologies for the delay in updates! Here is a ton of news:
Many of you already know Wolf Parade are reissuing ‘Apologies to the Queen Mary’ in deluxe 3xLP format.
You can pre-order 3 different versions – the $45 bundle comes with this amazing 11’x 11′ silskreend print by Luke Ramsey and a t-shirt.
Re-mastered deluxe edition pressed on 3×12″ colored OR black edition vinyl. Discs 1 and 2 contain re-mastered tracks from Apologies to the Queen Mary. Disc 3 contains re-mastered tracks from the 2003-2005 Wolf Parade EPs.
Ships on or around release date, May 13, 2016.
Apologies to the Queen Mary LP Tracklist
A1) You Are A Runner And I Am My Father’s Son
A2) Modern World
A3) Grounds For Divorce
A4) We Built Another World
B1) Fancy Claps
B2) Same Ghost Every Night
B3) Shine A Light
B4) Dear Sons And Daughters Of Hungry Ghosts
C1) I’ll Believe In Anything
C2) It’s A Cure
D1) Dinner Bells
D2) This Heart’s On Fire
Early EPs Tracklist
A1) Disco Sheets
A2) Lousy Pictures
A3) Modern World
A4) Wits or a Dagger
A5) Secret Knives
A6) Dinner Bells
B1) Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts
B2) We Built Another World
B3) Grounds for Divorce
B4) It’s a Curse
B5) The National People’s Scare
B6) Killing Armies
B7) Snakes on a Ladder (previously unreleased!)
Wolf Parade have also added a bunch of summer festivals as well as headlining shows in Montreal and 2 in Seattle:
The Blue Wave tour has begun! Operators played their first show of their spring tour in Chicago last night. Blue Wave will be out officially in just 4 days! I don’t think we’ve posted the tracklist yet:
03) Cold Light
04) Mission Creep
05) Blue Wave
06) Shape Of Things
07) Bring Me The Head
10) Space Needle
Can’t wait until everyone hears this amazing record. Here are some interviews and reviews so far as well as their upcoming tour dates:
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!
Sorry for the delay, I know a few of you emailed me asking if we would have the 10 Year ‘Apologies to the Queen Mary’ poster available for sale online. Well I finally got the leftover posters up on an Etsy account. The poster art was created by Hannah Lawler and we only have 30 left.
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.