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Origin Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Genres Noise rock
Years active 2003–2012
Labels Lovepump United, Skin Graft Records, Blood of the Drash, Pasalymany Tapes, Kitty Play Records
Associated acts Hamborghinni, Drainolith
Past members Yannick Desranleau (Hiroshima Thunder)
Chloe Lum (Special Deluxe)
Alexander Moskos
Chris Taylor (Barbarian Destroyer)
Nick Kuepfer
André Guérette (Him, the Maji)
Myles Broscoe

AIDS Wolf were a Canadian noise rock band,[1][2] who debuted on Pasalymany tapes but moved to Skin Graft Records[3] and Lovepump United.[4] The band received critical attention for their albums The Lovvers LP and Cities of Glass.[5]


According to singer Chloe Lum, the name "AIDS Wolf" comes from an urban legend wherein wolves carry AIDS and pass it to house pets who then pass it on to people:

"We didn’t come up with AIDS Wolf as a concept. The idea has been floating around in the public psyche for a while. In urban legend, wolves transmit AIDS instead of rabies; in depressing college towns, street gangs spray-paint ‘AIDS Wolf’ on the side of buildings."[6]

The band has given other answers to similar questions, however:

"My partner and I were on a road trip in Ohio, and it just came to us. It was a universal message. It's a combination of our spirit peers in An Albatross (animal) and The Sick Lipstick (R.I.P.) (illness). It fits, because we're a little bit no–wave and a little bit hardcore, like each of those bands. It's also a message that we as humans must take care for our animal siblings as their health is a barometer of our own survival."[7]

The band broke up in March 2012.[8][9]


See also


  1. ^ Lepage, Mark (February 11, 2010). "In the groove of maturity: Montreal's music scene has moved past its indie-heaven days of the mid-'00s to a better-produced one with a varied strata of acts and venues for all of them", The Gazette, p. C1.
  2. ^ Adams, Gregory (November 19, 2008). "AIDS Wolf makes sick sounds Archived 2014-03-01 at the Wayback Machine.", The Georgia Straight. Retrieved June 26, 2013.
  3. ^ Dunlevy, T'Cha (September 13, 2008). "AIDS Wolf: Cities of Glass", The Gazette, p. E11.
  4. ^ (December 13, 2005). "AIDS Wolf Debuting With The Lovver LP", ChartAttack. Retrieved June 26, 2013.
  5. ^ Wallen, Doug (March 19, 2009). "Chloe Lum of AIDS Wolf Is Sick. No, Really", OC Weekly. Retrieved June 21, 2013.
  6. ^[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-01-17. Retrieved 2006-02-28.
  8. ^ AIDS Wolf: On the End Of An Era
  9. ^ Adams, Gregory (March 21, 2012). "AIDS Wolf Call It Quits", Exclaim!. Retrieved June 26, 2013.

External links

  • AIDS Wolf website
  • Skingraft Records
  • Lovepump United Records
  • Interview with AIDS Wolf on Jekyll and Hyde. By Oren Siegel and Oded Fluss, Israel
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