I was looking forward to the show for weeks, and I patiently tolerated the lengthy delay between bands. And when Wolf Parade started playing I was as giddy and fist pumping as the the other fans in the sold-out crowd that were pushed up around me. "Oh my god, Spencer, the master of the emphatic nonsensical lyrics....I'm not worthy!" As they opened with "You are a Runner and I am my Father's Son," the vocals and instruments sounded golden coming out of the excellent sound system. The band played with a lot of energy, but with each next song, my excitement began to dwindle.
I looked around into a field of people swaying and lip syncing, but no one was that into it. There's no denying Wolf Parade played a great show, but they didn't do any spicy variations of their songs, or attempt to say much more than "thanks" to the audience. It's no secret that their first CD is better than "Mount Zoomer," and they didn't even try to hide it. They played old favorites from their first CD including "Ground for Divorce" and "This Heart's on Fire," as well as the obvious gems from their new CD: "Soldier's Grin," "Call it a Ritual," and "Fine Young Cannibals."
But in the end, the cavernous warehouse that is La Zona Rosa sucked out all the personality and intimacy that I was looking forward to from the performance. Or maybe Wolf Parade just isn't one of the best bands to see live...but I'd rather not believe that.