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Another Wolf Parade album, another knockout. The band aren’t just back to recycle sounds of the past, but taking what they know and giving their songwriting and sound further evolution and grit that is on full display on Cry Cry Cry. It seems like so many people just want to pretend that Apologies To The Queen Mary is the only record these guys released. I love that album as much as the next guy (or gal), but the band gave us another rich and rewarding gift, one that patiently reveals itself further and further with each listen.

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The album carries a sense of uprising that is not unrelated to Wolf Parade’s renewed determination to drive the band forward in uncertain times. Welcome to Cry Cry Cry. 

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The soaring choruses, rousing anthems, sprawling guitars and chaotic keys that make up Wolf Parade are on proud display over the course of Cry Cry Cry, the band’s thunderous first album in seven years.

That unique combination of sounds and influences, spearheaded by electric co-frontmen Spencer Krug and Dan Boeckner—a complex yet relatable, energetic brew of glam, prog, synth-rock, and satisfying discomfort—helped define 2000s indie rock with three critically celebrated albums, and propelled a growing Wolf Parade fandom even after the band went on a then-indefinite hiatus in 2010.

‘Cry Cry Cry’ (Release date: October 6th, 2017) Sub Pop Records.

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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,