Boomkat Product Review:
The third album from Montreal's Wolf Parade, Expo 86 was apparently completed much more quickly than prior efforts which involved intensive homemade recordings and self-production. Founding members Spencer Krug and Dan Boeckner both have thriving side-projects (Swan Lake, Sunset Rubdown, Moonface and Handsome Furs among them) so the fact that Expo 86 has been delivered as rapidly as it has is a testament to their impressive pedigree as songwriters. Expect a palpable sense of urgency to these songs, and a certain roughness to the often quite lengthy, punk-ish and synth-enhanced arrangements. Here's an excerpt from the mildly deranged Sub Pop blurb: "So for this 3rd record, still (STILL!) on Sub Pop, Wolf Parade wanted to move fast. They made a plan: "If we take a one year hiatus," they said, "Then all our musical ideas will get crammed and swollen up in our brain-holders, so that when we start jamming again, after such a long time, we can LITERALLY just PUKE THE SONGS RIGHT OUT OF OUR HEADS, RIGHT ONTO OUR INSTRUMENTS!" Everyone clapped and nodded in agreement. "And also," they said, "by that time, people will have ALMOST forgotten about us, so we'll have no choice but to puke QUICKLY! HOORAY!" The groundwork had been laid. They took a year off and their brains swelled up. But there was one snag-Hadji Bakara's brain got so big that he accidentally got accepted into the University of Chicago to pursue a DOCTORATE DEGREE in English Literature. What a DRAAAAAG. It turned out that he wouldn't be able to play any shows with them later in the year, and so in the end, he didn't play on the record, either. The remaining four were still able to make the fast record they wanted. In fact, everyone added a small synthesizer to what they already did and poked at it intermittently in attempts to make up for Hadji's absence, and it seemed to work not bad."