The corpus of songs recorded for the album were written over the course of a year as the band shifted from its more formal work to a sound more focused on polyrhythm and flowing, elastic tempos. Fields of dissonant guitar and demented, lurching tempos, on further listens, give way to pixelated pop forms albeit with a detuned loner dinosaur in its spotlight. There’s no denying that the re-energized trio sounds like a whole new band on Ma vie banale avant-garde.
In AIDS Wolf’s compositional approach the band “learns its mistakes”, composing songs by learning improvised passages off blown out cassette tapes recorded on a trusty GE tape portable device. Aiming to dampen the repetition endemic in most music, AIDS Wolf adds elements of chance and non-repetitive phrasing. Songs evolve organically and seem to continue to evolve even after having been “Fixed” on record.
In this frame AIDS Wolf remains devoted to forwarding and refining their musical vision; seeking new musical challenges for themselves as artists and for their audience.
AIDS Wolf’s monastic commitment to brutal prog-punk and strident no wave has hardened their music from a rough lump of coal into a jagged diamond.— PITCHFORK
The cultish Canadian group AIDS Wolf — NEW YORKER
AIDS Wolf tore the roof off the place… the whole place went fucking nuts.— FADER
Yes, it bears some surface resemblance to the No Wave bands of New York’s late ‘70s, and yes, it’s also quasi-Beefheartian, but this simmeringly ugly-beautiful noncategorizable thing that is the band is like an object lesson in modern, progressive, painfully pure music.— LA WEEKLY
[AIDS Wolf] make you feel uneasy and nauseous, but also a lot of strange emotions that aren’t so easily named, and that are rarely evoked by more conventional approaches to music.— NOW TORONTO
The band have stated you should catch them live now whilst you can as it may be some time before they tour again.
10/20/11 – Brooklyn, NY @ Death By Audio
10/21/11 – Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class facebook rsvp
10/22/11 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
10/23/11 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry last.fm rsvp
10/24/11 – Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s Oasis
10/25/11 – Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge
10/26/11 – Normal, OK @ Opolis
10/27/11 – Austin, TX @ 29th St. Ballroom / Spiderhouse
10/28/11 – Denton, TX @ Rubberglove facebook rsvp | last.fm rsvp
10/29/11 – New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
10/30/11 – Birmingham, AL @ Firehouse facebook rsvp
10/31/11 – Athens, GA @ Farm 255
11/3/11 – Miami, FL @ Churchill’s facebook rsvp
11/4/11 – Tampa, FL @ Crowbar last.fm rsvp
11/5/11 – Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub facebook rsvp
11/6/11 – Atlanta, GA @ 529
11/7/11 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Nightlight
11/8/11 – Harrisonburg, VA @ Festival Ballroom at JMU
11/10/11 – Washington DC @ Comet Ping Pong
11/11/11 – New York, NY @ 92Y Tribeca
11/12/11 – Binghamton, NY @ Pajama Kazama facebook rsvp
11/13/11 – Boston, MA @ Church of Boston facebook rsvp | last.fm rsvp
All October dates w/ Henry and Hazel Slaughter (feat. John Olson)
All November dates w/ Unicorn Hard-On
facebook rsvp for entire tour
Lovepump United are giving away free AIDS Wolf posters AND a free digital download of ‘Ma Vie Banale Avant-Garde’ to anyone that sends in a SASE to the label. Lovepump and AIDS Wolf understand that not everyone can afford to buy records these day. They also understand that anyone who wants to hear an album can find a place to download it for free. So they have put together this offer to make your experience a little more exciting than just scouring mediafire links.