Wolf Parade/ Witchies Capital Music Hall, Ottawa ON August 4

Wolf Parade/ Witchies Capital Music Hall, Ottawa ON August 4
Three Sunset Rubdown shows and two Handsome Furs shows later, Montreal super(lative) group Wolf Parade returned to the capital with increased venue space and nine newly polished songs. Montreal’s generically bizarre three-piece, the Witchies, opened the show in anticipation of their debut release, A Perfect Hand. Described by Wolf Parade’s Dan Boeckner as his "favourite band right now,” the Witchies songs sounded bombastic and withdrawn in five-minute intervals. Sounding more Jason Lowenstein than Lou Barlow, the Witchies closed their set to polite applause, another show under their collective pleather belts.

After an extended break, Wolf Parade skilfully made up for lost time, opening the set with the still-fresh sounding "You Are A Runner and I Am My Father’s Son.” The band played the straight man throughout the night, sticking to songs from their two LPs exclusively — no b-sides, no cover songs and certainly no splinter group songs. The band demonstrated their unique ability to keep songs sounding fresh and classic at the same time, evident by the crowd’s constant pleading of songs from Apologies to the Queen Mary. Over-the-top enthusiasm from the audience coupled with the energy, flux and rapport from the band made for an unforgettable night. As the group closed the set with a sludgy retelling of "Kissing The Beehive,” the crowd reacted with wild applause and shouts of more even before the last note. An encore consisting of a trio of Apologies songs capped off a night confirming Wolf Parade as a collective of songwriters in the most primal sense. As flyers for an upcoming Handsome Furs show were being handed out upon exit, it raised questions on how long Wolf Parade can continue. But the band’s immediacy and energy on stage proves that thinking about the future only muddles what can be achieved in the moment.