Wolf Parade’s final LP before they took a break for a few years, 2010’s ‘Expo 86’ is a set of noisy indie-rock that tightens the screws of the band’s style. Where once they sounded ramshackle, here the tracks feel taut and direct - quite a feat when they also include some rather cavernous reverb on the guitars. Metz make for a good point of comparison, as do Hüsker Dü, while electronic asides like ‘Ghost Pressure’ aren’t a million miles away from The Postal Service or Vampire Weekend.
Vinyl Double LP £21.99 SP870
2LP on Sub Pop.
Don't know much about Montreal's Wolf Parade so I can't tell you if it's true that the original members of the band met at the Vancouver World Fair in 1986 and vowed to start a band later in life? Could be true? Who knows. Expo 86 is Wolf Parade's third LP and was recorded at Hotel2Tango by Howard Bilerman (who recorded Godspeed! You Black Emperor and the like). Hard band to pin down in a short preview but I'm getting an Interpol vibe from the vocalist and a semi American goth-pop sensibility from there arrangements. In parts it sounds like well played, well executed indie-rock but there are hints of all sorts of things that eventually bring me back to the thinking that these guys could be big indie rock giants if only they had a real, proper hit in there. Everything else is bang on though; the grand musical gestures, the big production sound and a powerful, dynamic vocalist. Great sleeve though.
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