Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Guest Spot: Wolf Parade's Live Show Furthers Emily's Appreciation of At Mount Zoomer


This post comes from Jessi's friend Emily (and new Chicago correspondent):
 
I am submitting my thoughts on Wolf Parade exactly one week after hitting up their show at the Chicago House of Blues.  I was mortified to see that Jessi did not have any mention of Wolf Parade and felt this band deserved the credit it was due.  
 
I have been a huge fan of Wolf Parade ever since they released their first album, Apologies to the Queen Mary. In fact, I would actually say that this album is one of my favorite albums of all time (and my iTunes proves it, as 4 of the 12 tracks are the top four most played songs on my iTunes). 
 
Prior to the show at the HOB, I had seen them live twice before - when they opened for Arcade Fire at the Riviera (btw, this show is on my favorite shows of all time list) and then again at the Metro in 2006 during their tour with Frog Eyes.  Needless to say, I had been looking forward to seeing them for quite some time. 
 
I will say, however, that I was slightly disappointed with their second album, At Mount Zoomer, as I personally didn't find the songs on this album as intense as those on the first.  Seeing them perform the songs from this album live has completely changed my opinion.  The tracks on At Mount Zoomer are just as, if not more powerful, than those on Apologies... 
 
Bottom line, the concert was awesome.  The new album is much better than I realized and I have newfound appreciation for At Mount Zoomer. I strongly recommend checking out this band if you every have the opportunity to see them live.  If you're simply in need of a taste of their music, check out my personal favorite:  "I'll Believe in Anything." 
 
I also recommend listening to any or all of these bands, as they're side projects/prior bands that some of the Wolf Parade members are in:
Sunset Rubdown
Handsome Furs
Frog Eyes
 
That's all for now.  I'm sure you're be hearing from me again after Lollapalooza (assuming I survive the heat and do not get trampled while Rage Against the Machine plays).  I promise more insight and photos with that write up.

(Jessi's note:  Emily really did lay into me for not discussing Wolf Parade, so much so that I immediately went to check out their tour dates.  Might have to weasel my way into Terminal Five in a few weeks.)


9 comments:

Ed said...

Mt. Zoomer is much better than Apologies to the Queen Mary. I was into Apologies, but have become so much more excited about Wolf Parade with the new album. Mt. Zoomer is a constant display of versatility and driving purposeful psychedelic rock. I'm sure that was evident beyond the shadow of a doubt when you were at the show. Seeing Grey Estates, Language City and Kissing the Beehive last night live in San Francisco has been one of my top moments this summer for sure. They were outstanding live at the Fillmore. Maybe Mt. Zoomer just needs a little more time to grow?

Ed said...

Sorry, I totally posted that way too quick. I'm really glad you loved hearing Mt. Zoomer live. Its one of the best new albums around!

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