Last Friday I went to go the Festival Atmosph’air that was happening here in Montreal near the Jean Talon Market. It was a street festival with stalls and food carts plus live bands all weekend long. My favourite local band, We are Wolves happened to be playing so I headed down there for a few hours to watch them play and see what was going on. I managed to take some photos of them preforming that I thought I’d share. It was a great show and it was so fun just to dance in the evening breeze before heading downtown for sushi. It’s so fun watching them play as they get so into the music and the newish drummer Pierre-Luc just goes apeshit which I love to watch.
This week’s pick is a little different from the usual. I received my vinyl record “La Mort Pop Club” by We are Wolves in the mail this week and knew I had to feature it. We are Wolves are a local band from Montreal, Quebec who have been around since their 2005 record “Non-Stop Je Te Pile en Deux”; consisting of band members Alexander Ortiz, Vincent Levesque, and Antonin Marquis . Le Mort Pop Club is their 4th album and marks their first record with newest member Pierre-Luc Bégin, after Antonin Marquis left the group in the fall of 2012. We are Wolves to me are best described as an electronic post-punk band, reminiscent of bands of the later 70’s and 80’s like Joy Division and others while being nothing like them all at once. Their previous records featured infectious and hypnotizing songs that make you want to dance and chant along. LMPC is very much along the same lines in this respect, providing plenty of songs you will want to dance to with reckless abandon. The first thing I noticed is that out of their previous albums LMPC probably has does the best job at capturing their live sound which is always more animalistic and raw then the records. There is also a lot more new wave influence this time around, with songs like “Angel” and “Voices”. My favourite songs are “Snake in the Sand” and “Sun” with their urgent vocals and great instrumentals interludes and dark undertones. LMPC has plenty of fresh elements while not losing what people have grown to love about We are Wolves unique sound. LMPC is another great record to add to their collection, and I cannot wait to see them on their new tour next month and experience La Mort Pop Club for the first time, because no matter how great their records are, nothing compares to the energy you get from seeing them live. We Are Wolves live shows are the kind most bands envy to have.