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Joining Wolf Parade

Montreal’s furry favourites are back on tour with new material, after a two-year break.

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Forget the mothers, guitars and brigades. Wolf Parade drummer Arlen Thompson, surely an expert on all things lupine, has two picks for the leaders of the wolf pack."I love our (former) rehearsal-spacemates, AIDS Wolf," he laughs. "And Steppenwolf."

But Haligonians don't echo that sentiment. "This Heart's On Fire" isn't "I'm on Fire," but Kijiji's invisible hand has tickets priced at nearly $70 for the sold-out April 3rd show.

While its wolfish brethren has faded over recent years---Thompson jokingly predicts cave-related monikers as the next dominant indie meme---that hasn't harshed the buzz surrounding the band's first-ever Halifax show. Reached at his Montreal home, Thompson's hanging out with Hazel, his 14-month-old daughter. He'll be leaving soon for Quebec City, where Wolf Parade will perform for the first time since 2008, when touring for At Mount Zoomer concluded.

"We went on hiatus," he says. "It was a breath of fresh air. It gives us new energy---everyone was getting off on their own thing."

Spencer Krug and Dan Boeckner juggled Sunset Rubdown, Moonface and Handsome Furs, while Thompson joined Treasure Hunt with Wintersleepers Loel Campbell and Mike Bigelow and Hot Hot Heat's Dustin Hawthorne.

But 2010, says Thompson, is the year of the Wolf. In three months, they've written nearly a double album's worth of material, expected for release in June.

As for the Paragon date, Thompson says they'll be testing out plenty of new material. And while previous efforts relied upon the Krug-Boeckner binary, the latest was a four-person effort. "It's definitely Wolf Parade. We tried to make this record sound close to what we do live," he says. "There's no rules or patterns to the way we write songs. It's all about what feels right."

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