Wolf Parade get the band back together

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Wolf Parade perform in The Current studio
Wolf Parade perform in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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  • Wolf Parade - You're Dreaming (Live on The Current) 03:32
  • Wolf Parade - Lazarus Online (Live on The Current) 03:34
  • Wolf Parade - Flies on the Sun (Live on The Current) 03:29

In the intervening seven years since their last album, the members of Wolf Parade were spread far and wide from their native Canada; for instance, one lived in Los Angeles, another lived in Finland. "Everyone was scattered to the wind, like dandelion seeds," says guitarist and vocalist Dan Boeckner.

But they never lost touch with one another, and eventually they regrouped in a studio in Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia, where they quickly re-acclimated to one another. "It was really just the first jams that were kind of weird," Boeckner recalls. "Maybe the first jam only, and even then, everything kind of fell into place really quickly."

It fell into place so well, that the band released their new album, Cry Cry Cry, on Oct. 6 of this year. In town to play a show in the First Avenue Mainroom, Wolf Parade stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Jade.

Although Wolf Parade were spread across the world, they remain a proud Canadian band — and they unabashedly express their admiration for their fellow Canadian songwriter, the late Leonard Cohen.

Acknowleding Cohen's additional work as a political writer, Boeckner says he doesn't believe it's a musician's job to inform the audience about politics or current events. "I think the role of the musician is essentially to provide comfort to people who are going through some stuff, who have to life through this stuff that we all have to live through right now," Boeckner says, "this sort of breakdown of democratic institutions and hard swing towards whatever kind of populist, nationalist oligarchy that is unholy Frankenstein of all those ideologies. Our job, I think, is to gather people together around a metaphorical fire — which tonight, will be First Avenue — and hopefully connect with them and provide them some kind of comfort for the duration of the time that we're on stage."

Use the audio player above to listen to the complete in-studio session with Wolf Parade.

Songs Performed


"You're Dreaming"
"Lazarus Online"
"Flies on the Sun"
All songs from Wolf Parade's 2017 album, Cry Cry Cry, available on Sub Pop Records.

Hosted by Jade
Produced by Anna Reed
Engineered by Michael DeMark and Riley Bruestle
Visuals by Nate Ryan
Web feature by Luke Taylor

Resources


Wolf Parade - official site

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    Wolf Parade perform in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Wolf Parade perform in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Wolf Parade perform in The Current studio (Nate Ryan | MPR)

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