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ATL | 15:48 UK time, Thursday, 2 September 2010

Wolf Parade played a blinder wrapping up this years Electric Picnic 2010 on the Crawdaddy stage last night. But fear not if you weren't there! They play the Spring and Airbrake in Belfast tonight.

We caught up with the Wolves to discuss passenger boats, crying and Werner Herzog.


Hello there, and how the Dickens are you right now?

I am feeling fine, considering I just had one of the longest series of flights in my life, consisting of a ten hour lay-over in Toronto's Pearson Airport, AKA The Temple of Boredom.

Why the heck should we give a stuff about your band then?

Because we are Lovely People and earnest colonial cousins who are dedicated servants of HRH Queen Elizabeth II!

When and how did you all get it together to become Gods of Rock?

We all met at different times throughout our young adulthood playing in various less well known acts. Then, one by one we all moved from where we were to Montreal. At some point, someone thought it was a good idea that we should make music together and dammit, they were right! The first and last good idea this band has ever had.

Becoming a God of Rock was all Randy Bachman's idea. He had us all over to his temple behind his Gretsch guitar collection and he anointed us with his Gold Record of "Taking Care of Business". It was touching. We can walk into any Tim Horton's and get a free small double-double now!

TOPICAL QUESTION OF THE WEEK - A survey compiled by Travelodge this week discovered that a third of adults still sleep with a teddy bear. What little comforts do you use to calm and comfort you on the road?

I like to drink a lot and cry.

When can we see you over here, peddling your filthy wares?

I think in a week or so. Do you guys have the internet to look this kind of thing up? I don't know! I just show up to these things. The where and when don't really matter.

When you joked that guitarist Dante DeCaro would no longer be playing with the band a few years ago, the jest didn't exactly go to plan. What other jokes have backfired on you?

Dan and I once tried to convince an radio host that all Canadian bands receive old passenger boats through a grant system, and that touring consists of following the Saint Lawrence seaway through the great lakes and back. The truth is that the band is basically one big in-joke.

Your house has been maliciously set ablaze by as yet un-named evil forces, but you have the strength to battle the flames and fumes to rescue one piece of music, what is it and why?

Evil forces!? If my house is on fire I'm saving my family and my cat.

Playing in numerous different acts seems like a prerequisite to being a member of Wolf Parade. If you (individually) could be in any band in the world who would it be and what could you bring to the table?

I don't know if I can answer that question. I think I'd want to be in one of those bands where you don't have to do much work and you get lots of nice clothes and haircuts for free. I would bring to the table my extra weight and lack of sex appeal. I'd basically make everyone look better by providing the binary opposite.

Tell us this, if your where portrayed in a film, who would play you?

The most accurate would probably be W. Earl Brown, who played Dan Dority on Deadwood.

Who is the greatest human to have ever lived?

Three way tie between Nikolai Telsa, Elizabeth I and Werner Herzog.


Wolf Parade play Electric Picnic this weekend and Spring and Airbrake in Belfast on Monday 6th September.



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