I saw the Arcade Fire at Massey Hall during their Neon Bible tour a couple of years ago. Much to my dismay, I just missed Handsome Furs’ opening set. Several months later, I missed another chance to see them in a far more intimate setting. I feel as if I’m doomed to never see these people live. Yet another in a slew of Wolf Parade off-shoots and side-projects, Handsome Furs is made up of Dan Boeckner and his wife Alexei Perry. Their follow-up to the outstanding Plague Park is due this March, and first impressions indicate that Face Control is another solid album. The synthesizer and drum machine based rock of their debut remains, but I feel like this record is slightly more upbeat than the previous one. Let’s just see if I can catch them on the tour for this album.
Since I did open with an Arcade Fire quip, I suppose it’s only fitting to mention what they’ve been up to. They recently released a concert film called Miroir Noir documenting the Neon Bible tour. I haven’t seen it yet, but I’ve heard good things. In promotion for the film, on Boxing Day the band released a free download of Burning Bridges, an instrumental version of the unreleased song Burning Bridges, Breaking Hearts. I miss the vocals, but it serves as some decent background music. It has since been taken down, but if you missed it, you can obtain it here. Since I’m in the sharing mood, I’ll throw in yet another unreleased tune.
Another previously unreleased track known as “Lenin” is set to be on the charity compilation Dark Was The Night. Hopefully this signifies that the band is gearing up for a busy 2009.