Apologies to the Queen Mary

Apologies to the Queen Mary

by Wolf Parade
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Apologies to the Queen Mary

Montreal quartet Wolf Parade's full-length debut fully lives up to the potential bred by their early EPs. They use Apologies to the Queen Mary producer Isaac Brock to their best advantage, acknowledging their debt to Modest Mouse but using his ear as a resource to tinge their endearingly brittle indie pop tunes accordingly. Spencer Krug and Dan Boeckner both sing in that certain kind of wry yelp that seemed so quirkily marketable in the mid-2000s -- see the Shins, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Hot Hot Heat -- and it doesn't hurt that most of Wolf Parade's songs are distinctive, too. "Shine a Light" and "You Are a Runner and I Am My Father's Son" repeat from the self-titled EP, "Grounds and Divorce" bops along on cheery keyboard effects and an eight-note guitar solo, and Boeckner honks roughly over the modified new wave of "It's a Curse." Wolf Parade admit their love and theft of the past 30 years of rock music, from Bowie to Black Francis. They allow that, then purposely strip the songs of any slickness or accouterments, so the keys and squiggly guitars and terrifically simple drums (Arlen Thompson might play just a kick drum and one big snare) teeter and balance together in a hectic and gloriously alive pop state.

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Release Date: 09/27/2005
Label: Sub Pop
UPC: 0098787065510
catalogNumber: 655

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Apologies to the Queen Mary 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wolf Parade is a brilliant band that hail from Montreal, Canada. Which means they are part of the Canadian scene that not so recently exploded with bands like the Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, Stars, The New Pornographers (Not-so-New) and Destroyer. Wolf Parade make catchy music that combines keyboard(Spencer Krug)and guitar(Dan Broekner/Dante Decaro)with a thrashing drum(Arlen Thompson) that never quits. Don't forget Hadji though. Wolf Parade take regular melodic independent rock and make it the way they want it to be. Which ends up a fun mess that deals with melancholy and upbeat tunes. Spencer Krugs's devilish howl draws you to listen to "Fancy Claps" , "Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts" and "I Believe in Anything". Dan Broekner's demanding vocals seem like he may have one to many cigarettes but still it makes you gasp with spectacular ability. Wolf Parade's debut is a must for the everyday indie kid but for the casual listener you may be put off. Still it was one of the best of '05
Anonymous More than 1 year ago