Wolf Parade
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Wolf Parade
Wolf Parade
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Wolf Parade at the Theater of the Living Arts in Philadelphia on August 20, 2007
Background information
Origin Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Genres Indie rock, post-punk revival
2003 (2003)-2011, 2016-present
Labels Sub Pop
Hadji Bakara

Wolf Parade is an indie rock band formed in 2003 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, of musicians from British Columbia. The band released three full-length albums before taking a five-year hiatus in 2011. The band released their fourth full-length album, Cry Cry Cry in October of 2017.


Wolf Parade began in April 2003, when former Frog Eyes member Spencer Krug was offered a gig by Grenadine Records' Alex Megelas. With only a three-week deadline to form a band, Krug contacted a fellow Canadian guitarist Dan Boeckner (formerly of British Columbia band Atlas Strategic) and began writing songs in Krug's apartment.[1] Initially using a drum machine for their rhythm section played through computer speakers, Krug later invited Arlen Thompson to the lineup as the drummer;[2] however, the newly formed trio rehearsed as a full band only the day before their first show.[2] During the tour, Wolf Parade recorded and released their self-titled debut EP (also known as their 4 Song EP).

In September 2003,[3] Hadji Bakara joined Wolf Parade, contributing his synthesizer and sound manipulation skills to the lineup.[1] By the summer of 2004 the band released its second independent, self-titled EP, commonly referred to as the 6 Song EP.

In September 2004, the band traveled to Portland, Oregon to record with Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock. Brock had recently signed the band to Sub Pop when he was an A&R man for the label at the time. He had known Dan Boeckner from his days in Atlas Strategic, who had toured with Modest Mouse and were offered a Sub Pop signing just before the band split up. Wolf Parade spent two and a half weeks working 14-hour days in Portland. After some remixing, the band returned to Montreal to finish recording. The album was scheduled for a May release, but then pushed back.[3] On its new record label, the band released its first widely distributed EP, Wolf Parade, in July 2005.

In September 2005, the band's debut album Apologies to the Queen Mary was released on Sub Pop Records to critical acclaim,[4] earning a 2006 Polaris Music Prize nomination.[5][6]

Dante DeCaro (formerly of Hot Hot Heat) joined sometime in 2005 as a second guitarist and percussionist.[1] In 2008, an arrangement by Kenji Fuse; of the Wolf Parade song "I'll Believe in Anything" for full symphony orchestra received a reading by the Victoria Symphony.[7][unreliable source?]

The band's second album, At Mount Zoomer, followed in June 2008.[8] An on-stage announcement[9] in November 2008 that Dante DeCaro would no longer be playing with the band was later revealed to have been a joke.[10] Hadji Bakara left the band in 2008 to pursue an academic career in literature.[11]

Wolf Parade reconvened in November 2009 to begin work on their third album, Expo 86. In an interview with Exclaim! magazine, Dan Boeckner stated that the album may be released as a double album or as an LP and an EP, given the sheer amount of quality songs to come out of the sessions. The five members realized they had all been at Vancouver's World Fair in the same week when they were kids, which is how the album got its name.[12] The album was produced by Howard Bilerman and was released in the United States on June 29, 2010.[13]

In 2010, the song "Shine a Light" from Apologies to the Queen Mary appeared in the "Criminal Minds" episode "The Fight".

Wolf Parade kicked off their 2010 North American tour in Montreal.[14] Following the tour, the band announced it would go on indefinite hiatus after playing a small number of shows in 2011, including the Sasquatch! Music Festival.[15]

On January 14, 2016, Wolf Parade updated their website adding "2016" and launched new Twitter and Instagram pages, indicating the band's return from hiatus.[16] The following day, they announced a series of concert dates for later that year, and that they had been working on new music.[17] On October 6, 2017 the band released their fourth album titled Cry Cry Cry.[18]


Other work

  • Spencer Krug releases solo music under the name of Moonface and was the lead singer of now-defunct rock band Sunset Rubdown. He was previously in Frog Eyes, Fifths of Seven, and Swan Lake.
  • Arlen Thompson played drums on the Arcade Fire song "Wake Up". He also helped produce both Handsome Furs albums at his Mount Zoomer recording studio in Montreal. He is a member of the side-project formerly known as Treasure Hunt[19] (changed to avoid confusion[] with the moniker of experimental musician Myles Byrne-Dunhill[20]).
  • Dan Boeckner was formerly a member of the indie rock duo Handsome Furs which he formed with his wife Alexei Perry. Before joining Wolf Parade, Boeckner played in Atlas Strategic. He is currently playing in the bands Divine Fits and Operators.[21]
  • Dante DeCaro fronts a project called Johnny and the Moon. Prior to Wolf Parade, DeCaro played in Hot Hot Heat.
  • Hadji Bakara is a member of the synth-bass-dance-rap production team Megasoid, along with Speakerbruiser Rob, formerly Sixtoo. He also helped with treatments on "Black Mirror", "Neon Bible" and "My Body Is a Cage" off Arcade Fire's album Neon Bible.



Year Title Peak chart positions
2005 Apologies to the Queen Mary
  • Released: September 27, 2005
  • Label: Sub Pop
-- 158
2008 At Mount Zoomer
  • Released: June 17, 2008
  • Label: Sub Pop
16 45
2010 Expo 86
  • Released: June 29, 2010
  • Label: Sub Pop
24 48
2017 Cry Cry Cry
  • Released: October 6, 2017
  • Label: Sub Pop
82 --



  • "Modern World" (2006, Sub Pop)
  • "Shine A Light" (2006, Sub Pop)
  • "I'll Believe in Anything" (2006, Sub Pop)
  • "Call it A Ritual" (2008, Sub Pop)
  • "Language City" (2008, Sub Pop)
  • "Semi-Precious Stone" / "Agents Of Love" (2010, Sub Pop)
  • "Valley Boy" (2017, Sub Pop)
  • "You're Dreaming" (2017, Sub Pop)


  • "Claxxon's Lament" on The Believer 2005 Music Issue CD


  1. ^ a b c "Wolf Parade Bio". SubPop.com. Retrieved 2007. 
  2. ^ a b Thompson, Arlen. "Wolf Parade at Iceland Airwaves". icelandairwaves.com. Archived from the original on April 27, 2007. Retrieved 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Barclay, Michael. "Hungry Like the Wolf Parade". Exclaim.ca. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ "25 best Canadian debut albums ever". CBC Music, June 16, 2017.
  5. ^ "Wolf Parade Nominated For Polaris", CMJ News Story, July 7, 2006.
  6. ^ Lindsay, Cam (April 10, 2017). "A Completely Biased Ranking of the 60 Best Canadian Indie Rock Songs of the 00s Part II". Vice.com. Retrieved 2017. 
  7. ^ "My-Self-Indulgent-All-About-Me-Me-Me-Online-Resume: Kenji Fuse". veronica-tangent.freewebspace.com. 
  8. ^ Carpenter, Lorraine (July 2008). "Wolf Parade's Concrete Jungle". Exclaim! - via exclaim.ca. 
  9. ^ "Review Setlist Photos: Wolf Parade and Listening Party at the Gargoyle". Riverfront Times. November 8, 2008. Retrieved 2008. 
  10. ^ Thompson, Paul; Phillips, Amy (November 10, 2008). "Dante DeCaro Not Leaving Wolf Parade". Pitchfork.com. Pitchfork Media. 
  11. ^ "Hadji Bakara". umich.edu. University of Michigan. Retrieved 2017. 
  12. ^ Carlick, Stephen. "Wolf Parade The Pack Reunited". Exclaim.ca. Retrieved . 
  13. ^ "Exclusive: Wolf Parade Talk New LP - "This Is Not a Fussed-Over Computer Record"". Exclaim.ca. 2010-03-19. Retrieved . 
  14. ^ "Wolf Parade Kick Off Tour in Montreal | Wolf Parade Open at Le National". SPIN.com. Retrieved . 
  15. ^ Fetherston, Eamonn (May 29, 2011). "Sasquatch 2011: Wolf Parade, Live In Concert". NPR.org. Retrieved 2014. 
  16. ^ Monroe, Jazz (January 14, 2016). "Wolf Parade are back". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2016. 
  17. ^ Monroe, Jazz (January 15, 2016). "Wolf Parade Announce First Shows in Five Years, Working on New Music". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2016. 
  18. ^ "First Listen: Wolf Parade, 'Cry Cry Cry'". NPR.org. Retrieved . 
  19. ^ PaulHus, Mark (June 2, 2010). "Wolf Parade: Expo 86 (Sub Pop)". Discorder Magazine. Retrieved 2017 - via CiTR.ca. 
  20. ^ "Treasure Hunt". discogs.com. Retrieved 2017. 
  21. ^ Beauchemin, Molly (August 1, 2014). "Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs) Announces EP With New Band Operators, Shares 'True'". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2017. 
  22. ^ a b "Billboard Charts". Billboard. Retrieved . 

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