We are Wolves – Non-Stop Je Te Plie En Deux

We are Wolves
Non-Stop Je Te Plie En Deux

The Montreal-based trio We are Wolves may seem like an odd band to sign for the typically blues-oriented Fat Possum, but as the label branches out into other genres, it has done a good job of choosing to work with very unique groups. There’s Deadboy & the Elephantman, the Heartless Bastards, Blackfire Revelation – and now We are Wolves to flesh out the roster. The synth-based dance-punk of Non-Stop Je Te Plie En Deux, the group’s debut album, is easily the farthest removed from Fat Possum’s roots and by far the most distinctive.

It would be easy to peg We are Wolves as an experimental group, and although the band will appeal to art students and hipsters everywhere, the sound on Non-Stop Je Te Plie En Deux is a lot simpler than it may seem. The band features a stripped-down drum kit, guitar, and synthesizers that hold together the otherwise fractured soundscape on most of the tracks. The often rapid-fire delivery gives the trio a categorically punk feel, but the synthesizer is used to create a very danceable vibe.

Opening track “Little Birds” seems to steal its basic structure from “My Sharona” and introduces We are Wolves’ call-and-response style vocals that sparsely punctuate the songs. “Romeo’s” no-wave vibe and “La Nature’s” amped-up sound effects complete a trilogy of oddly off-kilter but danceable tunes. Other tracks like “Namai-Taila-Cambodge (Go-Tabla-Go)” and “We are All Winners” take an entirely different turn by offering something slower and somewhat psychedelic.

Non-Stop Je Te Plie En Deux doesn’t showcase anything that hasn’t been done elsewhere already, but the members of We are Wolves are quite good at what they do. Their brand of synth dance-punk is fairly fresh and will keep the listener interested throughout most of the album. The only downfall of the album is the musicians’ relative inexperience, and I expect the group’s next release will solve this minor grievance.