WOLF PARADE – ” Valley Boy “

Posted: July 20, 2017 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Wolf Parade

Wolf Parade have officially announced their anticipated new release, Its their first album in seven years. It’s called Cry Cry Cry, and it follows 2010’s still-great Expo 86. The album drops through Sub Pop Records on October 6th. This one was produced by John Goodmanson, who’s known for working with Sleater-Kinney, Bikini Kill, Harvey Danger, and also did the last Cloud Nothings album .

Wolf Parade first reunited last year for some live shows and a four track EP. Before they got working on the new full length, co-frontmen Spencer Krug and Dan Boeckner put out new albums with their respective Moonface and Operators projects. Then they posted updates from the studio, and announced that the new album was finished. They played two songs from it at a recent live show, including “Valley Boy,” which is Cry Cry Cry‘s lead single.

Spencer Krug takes lead on “Valley Boy,” and this song really says “we’re back” more than anything on last year’s EP did. It’s got not one but two of those classic singalong Krug hooks (the chorus and the “the radio’s been playing all your songs” line, a line Krug says is about the late Leonard Cohen). As these live shows have been reminding us, Wolf Parade are not just great pop songwriters but they really know how to let loose as musicians, and the jammy instrumental bridge of “Valley Boy” is a fine example of that.

Talking about this album compared to last one, drummer Arlen Thompson said, “All of our albums are always a reaction to our last one. Expo 86 was about as sparse as we get, which is usually still pretty dense, and this time we wanted to make the palette a little larger.” Bassist/guitarist Dante DeCaro added, “Expo 86 was a real rock record. We just sort of banged it out, which was kind of the point.” And Dan Boeckner assures us: “There are two very long songs on the record… I don’t think it would be a Wolf Parade record if it didn’t have some kind of prog epic.” Considering a major highlight of their recent live shows has been the lengthy “Kissing the Beehive,” that’s good news.

Wolf Parade have tour dates coming up,

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