Indie rockers Wolf Parade surprise at Cobblestone

If you're preparing for a residency at New York City's Bowery Ballroom, there's no better place to warm up than the Cobblestone Pub.

If you’re preparing for a five-night residency at New York City’s legendary Bowery Ballroom, there’s no better place to warm up than the Cobblestone Pub.

Billed as “Del Scorcho,” Canadian indie rock heavyweights Wolf Parade — several of whose members call the Cowichan Valley home — played just their second show in five years at the 200-capacity Cobble Hill watering hole on Thursday night, a day after making a surprise appearance under the same moniker in Nanaimo.

The Vancouver Island shows are Wolf Parade’s first since 2011.

The vaunted quartet — Spencer Krug, Dan Boeckner, Dante DeCaro and Arlen Thompson — played a 90-minute set heavily weighted toward 2005’s Apologies to the Queen Mary and 2008’s At Mount Zoomer, but sprinkled with new material as well.

The band will play the Bowery Ballroom on May 17-21, Lee’s Palace in Toronto on May 24-26, and the Scala in London on June 14-15. A deluxe reissue of Apologies to the Queen Mary is set to drop Friday, and a new record, EP4, will come out next Tuesday.