Live Review: Wolf Alice – 02 Shepherds Bush Empire 03.04.15

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Packing out London’s Shepherds Bush Empire before you’ve even released an album is no mean feat and Wolf Alice – with the release of their debut LP ‘Your Love is Cool’ on the horizon later this year did just that on Friday night.

Opening with their frenetic debut single ‘Fluffy,’ Ellie and the boys immediately looked at ease in their much larger surroundings as they excitedly flew through the opening number – before moving slickly onto the tempo-shifter that is ‘She’. Taken from their 2013 debut ‘Blush’ EP.

After that solid and familiar opening, it was time for the quartet to test the waters with a brace of new tracks lifted from their forthcoming debut album.

The Wonderwhy’ and ‘Soapy Water’ were two of the newbies that particularly struck a chord as they showed yet again, why its so particularly difficult to throw them into a stereotypical genre as they can go from sugar-sweet ballads to raucous heavy-rock with a switch of a pedal.

As the set came to a close the sell-out crowd were treated to a monstrous rendition of their new single ‘Giant Peach’ before the night was wrapped up with the West London venue in ablaze of gold confetti descending from the venues roof as the final notes of ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’ were played out.

Over the past two years Wolf Alice have ticked off the likes of The Lexington, The Scala and Heaven on their way to selling out Shepherds Bush Empire, and as the band continue to go from strength to strength there’s no way this will end up being the pinnacle of their careers.

Wolf Alice played:

  1. Fluffy
  2. She
  3. Your Love’s Whore
  4. 90 Mile Beach
  5. The Wonderwhy
  6. Storms
  7. You’re a Germ
  8. Soapy Water
  9. Bros
  10. Blush
  11. Giant Peach
  12. White Leather
  13. Moaning Lisa Smile

**** (4 out of 5)

By Michael Jamison