Wolf Parade

DSP Shows

Wolf Parade

Lazy Bones

Sun · August 19, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$25.00 - $30.00

Tickets at the Door

Wolf Parade
Wolf Parade
The soaring choruses, rousing anthems, sprawling guitars and chaotic keys that make up Wolf Parade are on proud display over the course of Cry Cry Cry, the band's thunderous first album in seven years.

That unique combination of sounds and influences, spearheaded by electric co-frontmen Spencer Krug and Dan Boeckner-a complex yet relatable, energetic brew of glam, prog, synth-rock, and satisfying discomfort-helped define 2000s indie rock with three critically celebrated albums, and propelled a growing Wolf Parade fandom even after the band went on a then-indefinite hiatus in 2010.

The upcoming return marks their first to be produced by Pacific Northwest legend John Goodmanson (Bikini Kill, Sleater-Kinney, Unwound) at Robert Lang Studios outside of Seattle, and is accompanied by a renewed focus and the creativity of a band that took their time getting exactly where they needed to be. It's also a homecoming to Sub Pop, which released all three of the band's previous albums.

"The band itself is almost a fifth member of the band, something more or at least different than the sum of its parts," says Krug. "We don't know who or what is responsible for our sound, it's just something that naturally and consistently comes from this particular combo of musicians."

"Once we got back together, I was playing guitar, writing and singing in a way that I only do while I'm in Wolf Parade," says Dan Boeckner, who shares primary lyrical and singing duties with Spencer. "It's just something that I can't access without the other three people in the room."

In the time apart, the band scattered geographically and focused on family and other work--Spencer on his solo project Moonface, Dan on his bands Handsome Furs, Operators, and Divine Fits (with Spoon's Britt Daniel), and Dante De Caro on records with Carey Mercer's Frog Eyes and Blackout Beach. And that time allowed for an even stronger, tighter band to emerge.

Eventually, Spencer, Dante, and Arlen found themselves all back living on remote Vancouver Island, accompanied by a population density less than that of Alaska, and the tranquility that leads to creative emanations like a government-sponsored bathtub race. With Dan on the same coast in Northern California, discussions began about picking things up where they left off.

"All of our albums are always a reaction to our last one," says Arlen. "Expo 86 (2010) was about as sparse as we get, which is usually still pretty dense, and this time we wanted to make the palette a little larger." Adds Dante, "Expo was a real rock record. We just sort of banged it out, which was kind of the point." Cry Cry Cry, on the other hand, is more deliberate in its arrangements and embrace of the studio process. "If a part was going on for too long it would get lopped, you know?" says Dan. "That being said, there are two very long songs on the record and I don't think it would be a Wolf Parade record if it didn't have some kind of prog epic."

"I think we're actually a better band than we were when we stopped playing music together," says Arlen. "A little bit more life experience for everybody, and people having made a bunch of records on their own."

The result of this new consciousness is songs like "Valley Boy," a Bowie-inflected anthem for which Spencer wrote lyrics after Leonard Cohen died the day before the 2016 election ("The radio's been playing all your songs, talking about the way you slipped away up the stairs, did you know that it was all gonna go wrong?"). "You're Dreaming," also influenced by the election and the spinning shock that followed, is driving, urgent power pop that draws from artists like Tom Petty and what Dan calls one of his "default languages" for writing music. The swirly, synth-heavy crescendo of "Artificial Life" takes on the struggle of artists and at-risk communities ("If the flood should ever come, we'll be last in the lifeboat").

The album carries a sense of uprising that is not unrelated to Wolf Parade's renewed determination to drive the band forward in uncertain times. Welcome to Cry Cry Cry.
Lazy Bones
Lazy Bones
Fronted by songwriters/multi instrumentalists Sam Stein and Brendan Olivieri, Lazy Bones was formed in 2017 in the strange and erratic upstate New York town of Ithaca. Indeed, the band’s music is quite erratic as well. Ranging from the sunny, shimmering Indie-pop of Take it Back and Existential Crisis to the hectic melancholy of Restless Sleeper, Lazy Bones’ sound draws on a wide variety of influences (MBV, Alvvays, Real Estate, and UMO to name a few) and can be difficult to categorize- though it is distinctly their own. The band found their footing playing DIY venues and house parties around town and was soon being asked to open for bigger acts passing through including Diet Cig, Vundabar, Wolf Parade, and Active Bird Community.
In early 2018, shortly after releasing Take it Back in the Fall, Lazy Bones embarked on their first tour of the East Coast and Midwest circuit. Captivated by their wonderful and bizarre experiences performing in basements and sleeping on strangers’ couches, the trio returned with a renewed vigor to create. It was then that the band recorded their second single, Existential Crisis, which was released in March 2018 and received recognition as one of Spotify’s 150 freshest finds of the year. The band took a hiatus that Summer, during which Stein found himself living in near isolation in a small town near Woodstock, where in loneliness he experienced a creative resurgence, writing much of the material for Lazy Bones’ upcoming album, including Restless Sleeper.
Sam Stein and drummer Caleb Matheson record, mix, and produce all of Lazy Bones’ music themselves with a neuroticism that has lead to lush, well crafted studio creations the likes of which are rare for a group still in its infancy. Lazy Bones is going on a second tour in early 2019, and expects to release their first full-length project the following Spring.
Venue Information:
The Haunt
702 Willow Ave
Ithaca, NY, 14850
http://thehaunt.com/