It was printed right on the tickets, but I guess the gravity of what “DRS 6” meant didn’t sink in until Saturday’s Wolf Parade concert was underway. Arriving with my friends close to seven, the band Holy Fuck was already into their opening set- which was odd, since Frog Eyes was supposed to be the supporting act. Maybe they had just added more acts to the bill, someone suggested. Of course, the fact that members of Wolf Parade were/are in Frog Eyes and that Wolf Parade opened their set with a brand new song only compounded the problem: it wasn’t until the second song of their set when the supposed Frog Eyes started playing a song from Wolf Parade’s debut LP “Apologies to the Queen Mother” that this was, um, Wolf Parade.
(It was a Spinal Tap moment for the ambiguous “musical collectives” of the indie scene.)
The Frog Eyes fans in the crowd might’ve been just as non-plussed as Wolf Parade themselves. Citing a 9 pm cut off time in order to clear the Phoenix for the mandatory 102 FM dance party, the band dutifully played their songs with minimal audience interaction.
After the band insisted that their show would be over at 9pm- several times throughout the show- the audience began filing out quickly when the band left the stage. Wolf Parade pulled a fast one though and actually returned for a short encore- although it’s hard to say whether anyone was actually fooled or just wanted to get their aching backs out of the underwhelming show.
Photo by PatrickKErby on Flickr.