The last time we saw Spencer Krug he was fronting his now established art rock side-project Sunset Rubdown at a half-full Stereo. This time the multi talented frontman brings what is widely regarded as his main project, Wolf Parade, for their first trip to Glasgow in a very long time. The atmosphere has upped a notch from that show, the larger Oran Mor is almost full and as the band take to the stage bathed in red light excitement is brewing.
Opening with ‘You Are A Runner and I Am My Father’s Son’ under the flicker of pink neon Krug and co look just at home. The song taken from 2005 standout Apologies to the Queen Mary forms a strong opener and indeed it is songs from this record that cause the biggest responses from the crowd.
‘Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts’ is easily one of the stand out songs of the set, lifting the crowd from its synth drenched daze to one of genuine clap along elation. The soaring ‘I’ll Believe in Anything’ quickly follows as the band builds up momentum.
Wolf Parade clearly know which songs will receive the best response but are also keen to air some of their new material. Upcoming album Expo 86 is due out at the end of June but early signs show promise, delicious electronic, almost space age promise. Still, Krug thanks the crowd for listening, calling us “sweethearts” before defending his drink: “This actually looks like piss but it’s just Scotch and water.”
It is important to note Wolf Parade is not just about Krug, in fact he shares vocals with guitarist Dan Boeckner also of Handsome Furs. It is Boeckner who brings the set to a brilliant end calling from ‘Apologies’ again for ‘Shine a Light’ before ending on the whimsical ‘Kissing a Beehive’.
Tonight’s set may have gone on a bit longer than many would have liked but how else are a band to showcase new material while cramming in the favourites. This Canadian four-piece certainly know what there are doing, so expect to hear a lot more about them when the new album hits shelves.
Words: Iain Dawson
Pic: Ingrid Mur