A year is a long time in life of a band. Careers can quickly go north, descend south or in some cases go absolutely nowhere. Thankfully for Wolf Alice things have definitely gone north and at a steep trajectory. Tonight the band played their biggest headline show to date at London’s Scala – capping off a mammoth 25 date tour which they’d been on throughout May.
Supporting them tonight was Superfood and its big kudos to them that the sold-out venue was almost full by time they took to the stage at 20.30. The Birmingham band are well used to venues the size of Scala having supported the likes of Peace frequently over the past 12 months and so they confidently flew through their 30 minute set consisting of their already well-known tracks ‘Melting’, ‘Bubbles’, ‘Houses On The Plain’ and fan favourite ‘TV’ with the minimum of fuss.
“It’s so good to be home” singer Ellie Rowsell declared after Wolf Alice bounded onstage with a spring in their step. If the band were feeling a-little fatigued at the end of their long tour they were showing no-signs of it tonight as the band flew straight into ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’ with all the energy of night one of the tour (and with matching eye makeup to boot).
Second up was the snarly-violent ‘She’ which immediately brought out the best in Ellie’s vocal range. Considering Wolf Alice have little more than two EP’s out their 45-minute set was choc-full with anthemic sing-alongs from the emotive ‘Blush’ to the recently released ‘Creature Songs’. Most bands would need to have a couple albums in the bag to build up the kind of armoury that Wolf Alice already have. Thankfully Wolf Alice aren’t most bands.
If the night peaked anywhere it was during ‘Bros’ which brought about mass jubilation in the crowd, before they brought down the epic-set with their debut single ‘Fluffy’. Wolf Alice’s debut LP is due for release at some-point in 2015. If the band can carry on the same kind of progress they’ve made over the past 12 months, it is going to be huge! (No pressure then)
By Michael Jamison