Wolf Alice

 

Wolf Alice are a four-piece alternative rock band from North London, formed initially as a two-person band in 2010. Its members since 2012 are Ellie Rowsell (vocals, guitar), Joff Oddie (guitars, vocals), Theo Ellis (bass), and Joel Amey (drums, vocals).

They released their official debut single "Fluffy" in February 2013, and the single "Bros" followed in May of that year. In October 2013 they released their official debut EP Blush. Their second official EP Creature Songs was released in May 2014. In February 2015 they released the lead single "Giant Peach" from their debut album My Love Is Cool, which was released in the UK and U.S. in June 2015. The single "Moaning Lisa Smile" peaked at #9 on Billboard Alternative Songs in August 2015, and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance for the 2016 Grammys.

The band released its second studio album, Visions of a Life, in September 2017.

History

Wolf Alice were formed in 2010, and began as an acoustic act between Ellie Rowsell and Joff Oddie. Their name came from a short story by Angela Carter. Eventually deciding to add electric elements to their sound, they recruited Rowsell's childhood friend, Sadie Cleary, to play the bass, and James DC, a friend of Oddie to be their drummer. They self-released an EP called Wolf Alice that year, with three songs - "Every Cloud", "Wednesday", and "Destroy Me" - as well as a video for "Wednesday".

When their drummer broke his wrist in 2012, Joel Amey joined the band as a temporary replacement, but later became a permanent member. In that same year, Cleary left to focus on her studies. Theo Ellis was then recruited as their bassist in late 2012. They released the song "Leaving You" online on Soundcloud as a free download which gained airplay from BBC Radio 1 and featured in NME's 'Radar' section. After the song was released, they toured with Peace, and recorded a session for Huw Stephens' Radio 1 show in January. They released their first physical single "Fluffy" in February 2013 on the Chess Club label.

The band released their second single "Bros" in May on Chess Club. "Bros" is one of the first songs that Rowsell wrote, which the band played in their early stages, leading to a tour where the band were supported by bands such as Dressed Like Wolves and Dead New Blood. In October 2013, Wolf Alice released their first official EP called Blush, and official video of the single "She".

In December 2013, they were chosen as the single most blogged about artist in the UK in that year by BBC Radio 6 Music. In 2014 they signed to Dirty Hit Records, and released their second EP Creature Songs in May. In December 2014 the band were named "Best Breakthrough Artist" at the UK Festival Awards.

In late February 2015, Wolf Alice announced their debut album My Love Is Cool, and released the first single from the album, "Giant Peach". In April 2015 Wolf Alice released a reworked version of fan favourite "Bros" as the second single from their debut album. On 10 June 2015 Wolf Alice shared album track "You're a Germ" via Soundcloud. Wolf Alice released "Freazy" as a single in late 2015.

They have toured extensively as a support act for The 1975 and cite them as their peers.

In June 2017, Wolf Alice released the lead single "Yuk Foo" off their second studio album Visions of a Life, released on 29 September 2017. They released the second single from the album "Don't Delete the Kisses" in the following month. Starting 2018, Wolf Alice will be supporting Queens of the Stone Age as part of the Villains World Tour. The song "Bros" has been taken for the soundtrack of the Square Enix game Life is Strange: Before the Storm.

Musical style

While the group's early material was folk-tinged pop, they became more rock-oriented after the rhythm section joined. Clash described the band as "the lovechild of folk and grunge". The "Fluffy" single saw the band compared to Elastica and Hole, while the single's B-side, "White Leather", saw comparisons to The xx. Kitty Empire, writing in The Observer, described their sound as "an engaging strain of off-kilter indie rock". The band describe their music as "rocky pop". The Daily Telegraph declare Wolf Alice's debut album as 'feral and sophisticated' in review.

Song usage in media

  • The song "Moaning Lisa Smile" is played during an episode of The Leftovers. It also appeared in the promotional trailer of Arrow's mid-season three premiere, as well as on the soundtrack for MLB The Show 16
  • Turner Classic Movies used "Bros" in the Let's Movie promo.
  • The song "Silk" is used in the second half of the trailer for and at the end of the 2017 film T2: Trainspotting.
  • The song "Ghoster" is used in the 2016 film Ghostbusters
  • The song "Giant Peach" is used in the 2016 film Detour.
  • The song ?You're a Germ? is used in season two episode one (2015) of the show ?The Royals? , when the band is performing the song at a club in episode.
  • The song ?Bros? is used in the game Life is Strange: Before the Storm (2017). It is played on the last episode, ?Hell is Empty? where the game shows scenes of characters' futures at the end of the game. Life Is Strange: Before the Storm

Band members

Currents members

  • Ellie Rowsell - lead vocals, guitar, keyboards, synths (2010-present)
  • Joff Oddie - guitar, violin, synths, vocals (2010-present)
  • Theo Ellis - bass, synths, vocals (2012-present)
  • Joel Amey - drums, synths, vocals (2012-present)

Former members:

  • Sadie Cleary - bass (2010-2012)
  • James DC - drums (2010-2012)

Filmography

The band were followed around 16 different gigs for the 2016 documentary "On the Road", directed by Michael Winterbottom.

Discography

Studio albums

EPs

Singles

Awards and nominations

  • UK Festival Awards
  • iTunes
  • Mercury Prize
  • Brit Awards
  • Global Awards
  • Grammy Awards
  • NME Awards
  • Ivor Novello
  • AIM Awards

References

External links

  • Official website
Source : Wikipedia

Top Tracks

Bros 1

Bros

Moaning Lisa Smile 2

Moaning Lisa Smile

Silk 3

Silk

Blush 4

Blush

Giant Peach 5

Giant Peach

Freazy 6

Freazy

Turn To Dust 7

Turn To Dust

Your Loves Whore 8

Your Loves Whore

Lisbon 9

Lisbon

Fluffy 10

Fluffy

Top Albums

My Love Is Cool
My Love Is Cool
tracks
Blush EP
Blush EP
4 tracks
Visions Of A Life
Visions Of A Life
12 tracks

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