Cover Feature Wolf Alice: Next in line to the throne

Songs get louder, ideas more refined, shows increasingly packed and day by day Wolf Alice become a more important band.

Wolf Alice like to talk. They like to talk about how they met a racist punk while in Belgium recording EP ‘Creature Songs’. They like to talk about the golden wellies guitarist Joff Oddie found on the street outside his house and subsequently had stolen. They talk about the boy in Scotland who spent an entire gig with his arm outstretched towards vocalist Ellie Rowsell, the fact bassist Theo Ellis didn’t know who any of the Manic Street Preachers were before their stint supporting the legendary Welsh rockers (“I felt really bad,” he explains, “they were absolutely lovely to us”). Drummer Joel Amey likes to talk about just about everything: James Dean Bradfield is “cool as fuck”, Lisa Simpson “a babe”, and tour mates Superfood are “lovely”. But when posed with the inevitable question as to when an album’s going to come from the brilliantly grungy north London quartet? “Recording later in the year,” laughs Joff. “… and coming out after it’s recorded,” interrupts Joel, as the foursome giggle awkwardly.

Wolf Alice have a full summer ahead anyway – there’s no time to head into the studio between their UK headline tour and the autumn. Glastonbury sees them playing their biggest festival show to date, a “massive” (in Theo’s words) moment for a band who’ve experienced nothing but steps-up and added validations since they started out two years back.

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As featured in the June 2014 (Cover 3 of 3) issue of DIY, out now.

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