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We Are Wolves
Non-Stop Je Te Plie en Deux
Fat Possum Records
www.wearewolves.net


From days of old I have yearned for bands to continue to make the kind of raucous, cacophonous noisy rock music that I so cherished in the early releases by The Flaming Lips. There has been almost nothing so disparaging in my lifetime as the turning of Wayne Coyne from the beautiful path of guitar rock to the dark side of Radiohead-inspired pop… but I digress. The new release from We Are Wolves is brimming with the kind of tasty noisiness that those early Lips' records barely seemed able to contain. Herein is found the same wild abandon and guitar tones that are so bad that they are exercises in perfection. The music of We Are Wolves by no means evokes the songs of that early post-post-rock movement that turned back to so much of the 70's... instead, they seem to embrace the same general philosophy as bands like Franz Ferdinand and The Bravery. But they do so much, much better. There are hints of disco, but when a band buries disco underneath raunchily distorted analog synthesizers and even more raunchily distorted guitars, it becomes palatable… almost enjoyable. These songs hearken back to the heyday of 80's synth-pop, but do so in a gritty and energetic fashion, updating the sound for the new edgier millennium. Just dig the needley groove of "Vosotros Monstruos" if you really require proof of the ability and sophistication of this band.

In addition to making fun and danceable music, the band also throws in a healthy dose of French words, owing to the fact that the band hails from Montreal, Quebec… the heart of Frenchy Canada. And not since the glorious days of "Ca Plane Pour Moi" has the French language been so likeable and filled with energy. Thanks, We Are Wolves, for reminding us punk rock kids that French can sometimes be okay.

-L. Keane

Track Listing:
1. Little Birds
2. L.L. Romeo
3. La Nature
4. Snare Me
5. Namai - Taila - Cambodge (Go - Tabla - Go)
6. Non Stop
7. Moi, Rythme Magique
8. Vosotros, Monstruos
9. T.r.o.u.b.l.e.
10. We Are All Winners
11. Glaze, Blaze (Glazed The Blazed)


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