Canadian band Wolf Parade took a long hiatus, but it’s back, with a new album and tour. The pleasingly off-kilter group plays two sold-out shows at the Neptune Theatre on Sunday and Monday, Aug. 7-8.
Nine times out of 10 when a band calls an indefinite hiatus as opposed to breaking up outright, it’s a thinly veiled attempt to soften the blow that will come later. Wolf Parade, playing The Neptune Theatre on Sunday and Monday (Aug. 7 and 8) — both dates are sold out — is that rare exception.
One of Sub Pop’s best signings of the 2000s, the Montreal-via-Victoria, B.C. group made a graceful exit with 2010’s “Expo ’86,” a sparser, synthier mutation of the kitchen-sink baroque-pop the band trademarked with 2005’s “Apologies to the Queen Mary.” A half-decade and a songwriting retreat later comes a surprise new release, the pleasingly off-kilter “EP 4.”
Opening the Sunday show is Darto, which shares Wolf Parade’s enigmatic spirit. In its six years together, the mostly instrumental Seattle trio has hit on cacophonous noise-punk, muted Krautrock, even astral country, earning local cult-favorite status for its hard-line refusal to do the same thing twice.
8 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Aug. 7-8, at the Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; sold out (206-682-1414 or stgpresents.org). Darto opens the show Sunday, Aug. 7; Deep Sea Diver, Monday, Aug. 8.
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