Friday, July 25, 2008

Review & Photos : Wolf Parade at The Palladium Ballroom

Wolf Parade has never graced a stage in Dallas during their half-decade or so as a band and they finally made it last night. The timing was right for the band, following their latest release At Mount Zoomer, and hasn't been since about three years ago due to the various side projects like Handsome Furs and Sunset Rubdown.

So, was Dallas worth the wait? It sure seems so. The band's fan base has grown immensely since the release of Apologies to the Queen Mary in 2005 and it is likely that most people in the crowd hadn't ever had the chance to see the band perform. The crowd was comprised of hipsters, greek-lifers, and even a mother with her baby strapped to her chest with one of those Baby Bjorn things, just to prove the eclectic mix of people the band attracts and those who have been waiting for years to see them play.

The band did not disappoint those who have been waiting for so long (and those who just got into them). For those who have been sticking around since the beginning, the band played a hefty amount of old material like You Are A Runner and I am My Father's Son, Grounds for Divorce, and Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts, among others. At Mount Zoomer, hasn't immediately grabbed my attention like their first full length did, but the songs they chose to play from it, especially Soldier's Grin, Language City, and An Animal in Your Care, sound just as good live as any of their other material.

Hopefully the band won't make the wait between Texas dates as long as last time (ACL 2006 to now), but until then, we have Spencer Krug's other band Sunset Rubdown, to look forward to catching in the fall.

Wolf Parade play Austin tonight at La Zona Rosa.

Sunset Rubdown will be back to Texas in September, playing Mohawk in Austin on the 27th, followed by The Granada in Dallas on the 29th.

(On a side note, this was our last Dallas show as residents of the city (well, county). We will be taking Austin by storm as of August and will be bringing you all that Austin has to offer from then until eternity!)

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