Sunset Rubdown Vs. Handsome Furs: Who’s your favorite float on the Wolf Parade?

by oz on August 17, 2009

Sunset Rubdown vs. Handsome Furs? Sounds like an indie music porno if I’ve ever heard one. After releasing the great At Mount Zoomer last year, Wolf Parade’s Spencer Krug and Dan Boeckner both went headlong into their side projects this year. Instead of reviewing each separately, let’s just toss them in the ring for a throwdown, Bobby Flay style.

Handsome Furs – Face Control

When listening to Wolf Parade, I’m always pulled to Dan’s songs. There are electronic elements to Handsome Furs’ music, but it’s not overpowering and not nearly enough to turn me off. It’s like listening to the best 80’s music had to offer – the keys, big choruses and guitar riffs with zero cheesiness.‚  I really dig “Legal Tender,” “All We Want, Baby, Is Everything” and “I’m Confused.” The album rarely wavers and is consistent from one song to the next.

Sunset Rubdown – Dragonslayer


It’s hard to win a throwdown when you’re competing with this album title.‚  It’s also hard to compete with the drama and vocal warble of Spencer Krug. His voice didn’t always agree with me when listening to Wolf Parade, but the first track “Silver Moons” immediately tipped me over the edge. The album is less electronic/industrial than Handsome Furs and offers more variety in each song, which kept me on the edge of my seat.

The Verdict

Although only 8 songs deep, Sunset Rubdown’s Dragonslayer wins this round. Regardless of the outcome, these guys are a powerhouse individually and a juggernaut when together. And just like Bobby Flay’s throwdowns, there really isn’t a loser. Each has their own flavor of Wolf Parade and all this shit tastes good.

Handsome Furs – I’m Confused

Handsome Furs – Radio Kaliningrad

Sunset Rubdown – Idiot Heart

Older media from all mentioned bands:

Sunset Rubdown – Winged/Wicked Things

Sunset Rubdown – Up On Your Leopard, Upon The End Of Your Feral Days

Handsome Furs – Cannot Get, Started

Handsome Furs – What We Had

Wolf Parade – Language City

Wolf Parade – Call It A Ritual

Wolf Parade – Shine A Light

Wolf Parade – My Father’s Son

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

liz August 17, 2009 at 9:02 am

I really appreciate the Bobby Flay references, even if they’ve just made me super hungry!

theOCMD August 17, 2009 at 10:31 pm

Dan Boeckner! Handsome Furs! No contest.

Woody August 18, 2009 at 7:15 am

I’m not really a fan of either but if forced to choose; I would go with the Furs. Alexei is pretty damn sexy and it works with the music.

uwmryan August 19, 2009 at 7:03 am

If I had read this question last year I would have answered Sunset Rubdown right away. Having seen Handsome Furs live a couple times this year it’s now a toss-up

Starkey August 23, 2009 at 5:28 pm

Both have released excellent records in 09, but this race goes to Handsome Furs and quite easily. Great live act…saw them at that fest on Division St. earlier this summer.

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