We Are Wolves : Invisible Violence

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6.8 Dare to Care

We Are Wolves : Invisible Violence We Are Wolves are a decidedly difficult act to label – sort of electro, but also sort of garage.  Oh, and the trio have no guitarist, and are Francophone Québécois who actually sometimes sing in their native tongue.  After hi-fi-ing it up on 2007 sophomore release Total Magpie, the garage takes pole position, but the party remains the same, on their latest, Invisible Violence.

Invisible is a mixed record, with some lows, some highs, and some pieces you just can’t place.  The fifties garage upswing to openers “Paloma” and “Holding Hands” sound TexMex, not French Canadian, and that Latin feel continues with the following evoc-procession, “Walking Commotion”.  When the band tries to go electro-dance, like with back-to-back “Vague” and “Reaching For the Sky”, the results are weak, but the synth-garage mixed marriage that is “Blue” has attitude.  “Blue” is bookended by the other best pieces on Violence, the upbeat garage-staccato “Me As Enemy”, and the weightier loss, with a neat beat, of “Near Fear”.  But then the subsequent “La Rue Oblique” feels a little faux – but perhaps that’s just its French…

Synth procession into garage-pop party “The Spectacle of Night” near closes out Invisible Violence (it’s followed by short instrumental synth finish “Bounty Waterfalls”), and one is left still not having a handle on the Wolves.  But it doesn’t hurt to try.

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