Wolf Parade Expo 86 Details

Wolf Parade feels like a supergroup because it’s easy to forget it was this project that initially shined an extra light on Sunset Rubdown, Handsome Furs, Swan Lake, etc. (I mean, for people with short memories.) At some point the guys paused from stringing for CNN to get going on the third official Wolf Parade full-length Expo 86. In fact, while Spencer worked on his mustache (note above photo), Dan Boeckner sat down with Pitchfork to talk about the new collection. He mentioned “it’s dense” and has some noisy moments, but that there aren’t really any overdubs. That, and it’s “more focused” and has “more energy” than 2008’s At Mount Zoomer, but it might end up being a double album if they can’t whittle it down from its present 80 minutes. He also explained the idea behind the Expo 86 title. After you get the details on that, check the tour dates to see if they’re coming to your hometown. The tour starts tomorrow. At one point they hook up with another Wolf band just like it’s 2005 again.

Expo 86 was a World’s Fair that happened in Vancouver in 1986. It’s been this thing we all talked about as a band. We all grew up in British Columbia, and we were all at Expo, which lasted about three or four days. It’s a weird little thought experiment– basically, we were all young children at the same big event. I remember Expo 86 was as big as the Olympics were this year in Vancouver. They completely reorganized part of the downtown core, and they built this giant geodesic dome called “Science World”. Now it looks completely, totally dated and a product of its time. They built monuments, built rides. It was something I don’t think we’re going to see in Canada ever again because World’s Fairs have fallen out of favor, at least for the Western World.

That said: “I don’t think there’s any relation to the significance of the album title with the song content.” You can gather more info, including Wolf Parade’s theory of Maximalism, at P4K. Expo 86 is due in late June or early July via Sub Pop. Here are those tour dates:

04/03 – Halifax, Nova Scotia @ Paragon Theatre *
04/04 – Fredericton, New Brunswick @ The Market *
04/06 – Kingston, Ontario @ Ale House *
04/07 – Toronto, Ontario @ Phoenix Concert Theatre *
05/06 – Pecs, Hungary @ Europe Mania Festival
05/07 – Krems an der Donau, Austria @ Donau Festival
05/08 – Leipzig, Germany @ Pop Up Festival
05/09 – Prague, Czech Republic @ Matrix
05/11 – Salzburg, Austria @ Rockhouse
05/12 – Bologna, Italy @ Lokomotiv
05/13 – Torino, Italy @ Spazio 211
05/16 – Brussels, Belgium @ Le Botanique
05/17 – Brighton, England @ Concorde 2
05/19 – Glasgow, Scotland @ Oran Mor
05/20 – Dublin, Ireland @ Vicar Street
05/21 – Manchester, England @ Club Academy
05/22 – Utrecht, Netherlands @ Tivoli
05/25 – Lubijana, Slovenia @ Menza Pri Koritu
05/26 – Zagreb, Croatia @ Teatar & TD
05/27 – Milan, Italy @ Salumeria della Musica
05/28 – Gallen, Switzerland @ Palace
05/29 – Dudingen, Switzerland @ Bad Bonn
05/31 – Paris, France @ Nouveau Casino
07/08 – Montreal, Quebec @ Le National
07/09 – Montreal, Quebec @ Le National
07/11 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
07/12 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
07/13 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
07/15 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
07/16 – Newport, KY @ Southgate House
07/18 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
07/19 – Winnipeg, Manitoba @ Garrick Center
07/21 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan @ Louis (University of Saskatoon Campus)
07/22 – Calgary, Alberta @ Republik
07/23 – Edmonton, Alberta @ The Starlight Room
07/25 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Vogue Theatre
07/26 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
07/27 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
07/29 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst Club
07/30 – Oakland, CA @ The Fox
07/31 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
09/15 – London, England @ The Forum

* w/ We Are Wolves

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