The Indie Pop quintet, Wolf Parade, was formed three weeks before their first performance when frontman, Spencer Krug, was offered a gig playing with fellow Canadian band, The Arcade Fire.
Krug and guitarist Dan Boeckner soon began writing songs and working on arrangements. But they didn’t exactly have a working band at that point.
“I just a got a phone call,” says drummer Arlen Thompson of how he began a band member. “Spencer just asked me ‘Hey. You know, we need a drummer … we’ll meet a day before the show and rehearse.’ That’s pretty much how it worked.”.
Wolf Parade's modus operandi throughout the release of their EPs and LPs has served as an uncommonly acute model for their success. They basically conduct themselves as if they were lackluster graduate-students cramming for a midterm.
“We’ve never really worked like many other bands I know. We get together, kinda last minute, throw everything together, and either go on tour or make a record,” Thompson says.
This haphazard method of band formation didn’t come without its share of idiosyncratic oddities. Read a full interview here.