Meet Wolf Alice
Tuesday 1st October 2013 | Maha
Wolf Alice are a four-piece alternative rock band hailing from North London. They’re made up of Ellie Rowsell, Joel Amey, Joff Oddie and Theo Ellis. Having released their debut single “Fluffy” (ironically titled don’t worry- the track is anything but fluffy) earlier this year in February, they followed up with their single “Bros” in May and this month they are all set to release their new EP Blush.
Their name, as you may have wondered, was taken by originator Roswell from a book by Angela Carter, who actually began Wolf Alice as a solo project. She was then joined by guitarist Oddie, and later by Amey and Ellis. First up was a self-titled EP in 2012, from which the single, “Leaving You” garnered attention from NME as they scored a feature in NME’s ‘Radar’ section, apparently BBC Radio 1’s radar was also very much activated as they too gave “Leaving You” airplay. Since then they’ve toured with Peace, recorded a Radio 1 session, signed on the Chess Club label.
Wolf Alice’s early material has an undeniable feel of folk merged with pop but since then they have acquired a more rock-oriented style to their music. They have been described by Clash as “the lovechild of folk and grunge”, by The Observer as “an engaging strain of off-kilter indie rock” while the band themselves describe their work as “rocky pop”.
Whatever the case, there is no doubt that there is some punch to their songs; something raw which infuses a very rock base to their music whilst still holding onto a relaxed vibe. Roswell herself claims the song “Fluffy” was the song to make people really listen, “We just wanted a quick, loud, fiery song” - something to make people realise their evolution of style and sound.
What next? Wolf Alice are about to go on tour supporting Swim Deep (one of their own influences) and they have confirmed a series of UK headline dates that are set to follow in the next few months. A London show has been confirmed at Dingwalls in Camden on 30th October with Astral Pattern and Burning Beaches opening. Do not miss it- go on give "Fluffy" a listen and you'll know why.