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We Are Wolves


Around 2000, Alexander Ortiz and Vincent Levesque, both from the visual art world along with fellow Antonin Marquis formed a band with synths, bass, vocals and drums. In their own words the band likes to qualify their sound as “a post-punk landscape with analogue trees. Like rock after the postmodern explosion”. Nameless until 2002, it’s when Alexander showed up at the jam space with an home made shirt with a skull spiting a synth with the inscription « We Are Wolves » on it that they decided to name the band. The Wolves were born.

Their primitive sound matches perfectly with the band’s name. It’s animal. Rock and electro music fans from The Cramps to Add N to X, it’s at the junction of those two movements that We Are Wolves made their den. We Are Wolves is a band inspired by the art world like Devo and Talking Heads were before them. One of their first show was held at the art pavilion of Concordia University. Since then, Montrealers have seen them live in traditional venues, loft parties and art galleries such as Belgo, Saidye Bronfman Center and Fonderie Darling. The band kept on gaining popularity and their fans were claiming an album. So, in 2005 they pleased them with the album "Non Stop Je te Plie en Deux" on the American label Fat Possum.

The press soon followed with articles in Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Spin and shows in famous international festivals like Le Rock dans tous ses états, Les Eurokéennes, Dour Festival, SXSW, CMJ, Virgin Festival and Osheaga. We Are Wolves had their first North American tour in Spring 2005 opening for And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead and The (International) Noise Conspiracy. A second one came in 2006 supporting the Gossip plus some solo dates across Canada and the States. They also had a 5 weeks tour in Europe with Montreal act Duchess Says in Summer 2006.

End of May 2007 came the single “Fight and Kiss” on Dare to Care Records. This EP also features “Coconut 155” and marks the second chapter in the band’s career. From now on, We Are Wolves are on a Montreal label and presented their second full-length album “Total Magique” on September 4th and in the U.S on October 2nd. This critically acclaimed album received good press such as an article in the NY Times, CMJ Report and Spin Magazine. They also received awards like the M-Galaxie Rising Star (voted by 35 international delegates), a MIMI (artist with the most international potential) and a Bucky Award for Best reason to learn French. Their first video for “Fight and Kiss” directed by Jeremie Saindon was voted buzzclip at Musique Plus and got heavy rotation on the music channel. After more than 50 concerts across Canada and the United States since the release of the album, the trio will tour Europe at the end of spring to present their album.