After announcing their latest EP, Blush, Wolf Alice unleashed a preview on Huw Stephens’ Radio One show last night. And my golly what a cracker it is.
‘She’ opens with a stormy guitar intro and for a while you question whether this is actually a Wolf Alice track. Then Ellie Rowsell’s distinct, ghostly vocals kick in. The band subvert what you might expect from a female fronted group. By diving deeper than they ever have before into the world of grunge-rock and proving that whispered vocals can be just as hardcore as any growl from a fat, hairy, motor-biker of a lead singer. Nothing girly here.
Like all Wolf Alice songs, the track centres around Rowsell’s simply-realistic yet uniquely quirky lyrics. This, combined with an unearthly bass and roaring guitars, results in a hauntingly-moody sound and in summary, this song could possibly be the definition of 90’s angry girl rock revivalism.
It’s so damn groovy, so damn infectious.
Wolf Alice’s debut EP Blush is due for release on October 7th via Chess Club Records.
4. 90 Mile Beach
Pre-order it from Rough Trade.
Along with the release of their debut EP, Wolf Alice are also set to join B’Town boys Swim Deep on tour this September, as well as adding a headline date at Dingwalls, Camden October 30th.
Forthcoming Live Dates (* w/ Swim Deep)
14th September The Warehouse, Newcastle*
15th September Oran Mor, Glasgow*
16th September Queen’s Social Club, Sheffield*
17th September The Ritz, Manchester*
18th September Kazimier, Liverpool*
19th September The Cockpit, Leeds*
20th September Town Hall, Birmingham*
21st September Rescue Rooms, Nottingham*
22nd September The Globe, Cardiff*
23rd September O2 Academy, Oxford*
24th September The Junction, Cambridge*
25th September Concorde2, Brighton*
27th September Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London*
18th October SWN Festival, Cardiff
19th October Gathering Festival, Oxford
30th October Dingwalls, London [BUY TICKETS]
1st November London Calling Festival, Paradiso, Amsterdam
3rd November Hit The City Festival, Eindhoven
23rd November Covo Club, Bologna
30th November Molotow, Hamburg
1st December Bi Nuu, Berlin
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