AIDS Wolf was birthed into the heady days of Montreal’s millennial music scene. Yannick Desranleau (aka Hiroshima Thunder) and Chloe Lum began the band as a 4 piece in 2003. Unlike most of the local units finding fame out in the world beyond Quebec, AIDS Wolf pushed an abrasive, unforgiving and rather unwieldy sound around North America in a battered van. Alexander Moskos (aka the Kozz) joined in 2008. Desranleau, Lum, and Moskos ditched the more typical rock quartet format to work in a novel trio format (drums, guitar through two amps and voice) augmented with (erstwhile forsaken) guitar effects and voice synthesis.
AIDS Wolf has formalized its sound over its years into a tight construction relying on intentional dissonance, polyrhythms and disjunctive compositional forms. The band takes its cues from “classic” New York No Wave, 90’s Midwestern No Wave, vegan cooking, 70’s proto-punk, Beefheartian modes, Ville-Marie school of white elephant architecture, Literature, www.crwflags.com, post-war continental modern composition and their unrivaled network of friends and acquaintances the world over.
The band signed early on to the legendary American noise rock label Skin Graft Records who co-released their debut with Brooklyn’s Lovepump United. In addition to their two full-lengths, The Lovvers Lp and Cities of Glass, they have released countless collaborative and split lps, seven inches and cassettes.
2009 saw the band written about in Billboard Magazine, who, surprisingly, got it, opening for their heroes Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, touring all zones, working on other artistic endeavors (Lum and Desranleau’s art practice Seripop and duo Hamborghinni, Moskos’ Drainolith one man show ect) and generally just getting it done.
AIDS Wolf newest lp titled “March to the Sea” was recorded in Montreal with legendary Deaccelerationist David Bryant (ex Bliss) in his Griffntown studio. The album was recorded by the last quartet version of the band with Myles “Mountain Guitar” Broscoe on the wing. “March to the Sea” will be released in the fall. AIDS Wolf will also release a collection of remixes of their Throbbing Gristle cover “Very Friendly” this summer, featuring remixes by John Olson, Nautical Alamanac, Weasel Walter, Jason Forrest and Emeralds. There will be an accompanying video made by Montreal video artist Emily Pellstring. The vinyl is released by Lovepump United.
The March to the Sea North-American Tour begins Sept 14th and runs through your town.