After first reemerging from hiatus in 2016, and releasing their comeback album, Cry Cry Cry, last year, beloved indie rockers Wolf Parade are set to return to Nashville for the first time since 2010, to headline The Basement East tonight, Aug. 24 with buzzy Chicago indie punks Lala Lala. Along with favorites like Modest Mouse and Arcade Fire, Wolf Parade were an important and prolific fixture in the indie boom of the mid-’00s, producing some classic and enduring records, the spirit of which they’ve recaptured on their latest. To say we’re beyond excited for this show would be an understatement, and we strongly advise you grab tickets right here while they last, then read on for more about the show!
Formed in 2003 in Montreal, Quebec, indie rockers Wolf Parade were signed to tastemaking label Sub Pop after finding positive early buzz, and released their full-length debut, Apologies to the Queen Mary, in 2005, met with immediate and widespread critical acclaim. An important fixture in the indie rock boom of the early ’00s, the band soon wound up on the road with big names acts and a frequent staple at music festivals, releasing two subsequent LPs, 2008’s At Mount Zoomer and 2010’s Expo 86, expanding their layered, synth-infused, off-kilter indie rock stylings, before announcing an indefinite hiatus in 2011. In their time off, members scattered geographically, and pursued subsequent projects like Moonface, Handsome Furs, Operators, Divine Fits, Frog Eyes, and Blackout Beach, before announcing the return of Wolf Parade at the start of 2016. After increasing live activity and an EP, the band dropped their first album in seven years, Cry Cry Cry, last fall, recapturing the spirit and sensibilities of their best work, and launching them into the public eye once more. It’s been eight years since the group last made it to Music City, so this return is especially essentially for fans of quality indie rock.
Hailing from Chicago, indie punk project Lala Lala is effectively the musical vehicle of English born, LA raised rocker Lillie West. Aside from a grungy, poppy, raw, lo-fi 2016 debut, Sleepyhead, the group remained somewhat mysterious to us when passing through with the likes of Cherry Glazerr, Chastity Belt, and Frankie Cosmos over the last couple of years, but now picking up buzz and on Hardly Art, with a forthcoming LP, The Lamb, on tap for September, the band are finding praise and recognition beyond the DIY scene. While Lala Lala’s first effort was fueled by descending into a toxic and self-destructive lifestyle, The Lamb navigates the process of coming out on the other side, examining the young singer’s insecurity, mortality, struggles with addiction, damaging relationships, and grief, funneled through an even more honed dreamy, grungy, indie punk package. A definite artist to keep an eye on, Lala Lala’s frequent stops in town supporting so many excellent bands should be a compelling enough reason to give them your undivided attention.
Wolf Parade and Lala Lala will perform tonight, Aug. 24 at The Basement East. The show is 18+, begins at 9 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $28.