When Wolf Parade announced that they were going on indefinite hiatus in 2010, fans thought they might have heard the last from the Montreal quartet. At the time, the frenetic indie rock band had just released their third album and were riding a wave of critical and popular acclaim. It seemed like an odd time to pump the breaks.
The abrupt ending felt more like a breakup, so it was a shock early last year when the band’s long-dormant website announced a handful of tour dates in 2016, including a summer stop at Pickathon, a three-day festival held annually outside Portland, Oregon.
The group’s first festival performance in over half a decade was a triumphant return. Armed with crowd favorites and new songs from a four track EP release, Wolf Parade played a captivating nighttime set at the Pickathon Woods Stage that included this performance of ‘Mr. Startup,’ the latest episode from the 2016-2017 Pickathon Woods Series.
Pickathon returns August 3-6 in Happy Valley, OR. The just announced 2017 lineup includes appearances from Drive-By Truckers, Dinosaur Jr., Charles Bradley, Deer Tick, and Ty Segall.
The Pickathon Woods Series was made possible by support from Klean Kanteen.