Sunday, 7 December 2008

Wolf Parade live at Electric Ballroom, London, 1 December 2008

Although on their second highly acclaimed album, with a varied set of enjoyable songs which could easily take them to the mainstream, Wolf Parade still play small venues, which is blessing for those who get to see them.

Wolf Parade's performance felt more like a 'session', with the most of the songs casually merged into one another with brief or little pause between them, even to speak. This didn't seem to matter to the audience, who were jumping and singing along in sync to the fast-paced, danceable tunes. The band were receptive to the crowd and seemed to enjoy the report they shared, particularly during 'Shine a Light' and 'Grounds for Divorce' (one of my favourites). As both Dan Boeckner (guitar) and Spencer Krugshare (keyboardist) share songwriting and vocal duties it was a good dynamic, allowing the opposing member who wasn't singing to really improvise and have fun with their respective instruments.

The support were well chosen, with the Swedish sibling combo of Dag för Dag providing cheerful, energetic tunes, while Calgary-based Chad VanGaalen really caught my ear with his falsetto led guitar/banjo musings combined with inventive subject matter on songs such as Molten Light '"I dumped her body...It floated to the surface and it did not ignite".

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