Photography and review by Joe Stadele for TWTHS; Published 05/10/2015.
Momentum has been on Wolf Alice’s side. Thanks to recent local radio play, rock fans have been (finally) taking notice of the North London quartet. But by no means are Wolf Alice an overnight success. Across the Atlantic, the band has toured endlessly and released three excellent EP’s that lead into a stellar performance at the 2014 Glastonbury Festival. On the heels of their debut album, My Love Is Cool, Wolf Alice are diligently pushing forward with their 2nd US tour of 2015.
Wolf Alice’s Twin Cities debut* was met with a sold out audience that stretched stage-to-door. Taking the Turf Club stage, the band kicked off the set with the crashing, immediate “Fluffy” and racing “She.” Lead singer/guitarist Ellie Roswell’s emotive vocals position her as the immediate focal point, sounding an enchantress during the serene “Blush,” channeling her inner riot girl in
“Giant Peach” and rock goddess in “Moaning Lisa Smile.” However, from Joel Amey’s precisely intense drums to Theo Ellis’ energetic bass and Joff Oddie’s multi-instrumentalist driving and nuanced textures it’s clear the band is a four-piece effort. Considering 99% of the audience only knew radio hits “Moaning Lisa Smile” and “Giant Peach,” the band excerpted great control over the show. “Blush” was as beautiful live as the on the EP. The guitars and vocals of “90 Mile Beach” feel plucked right out of Mazzy Starr but builds into a crashing jam session all its own. With such depth in quality, it will be great to see Wolf Alice return to perform (hopefully) longer setlists and larger venues.
Opening the evening were the brash and punchy Made Violent, whom made a quick impression with an excellently bratty punk set. Lead vocalist, Joe White offered a verbal kick-in-the-pants to the early dinner crowd that exited the venue as the band kicked into their first songs; White’s words garnering laughs and laughs from everyone else. The trio were in near constant motion as they let the music do most of the talking. From jumping around the stage to White playing his guitar from the floor then getting up and playing to his amp…all while the members of Wolf Alice stood center floor taking in their tourmates. For that, Made Violent made the audience take notice…making for a lively and engaging opener.
Wolf Alice will continue rocking the States through May. A selection of US festival dates have been announced and a rumored third tour in the fall.
Wolf Alice’s Setlist
Your Love’s Whore
90 Mile Beach
You’re A Germ
Moaning Lisa Smile
*Wolf Alice performed a short set at 89.3 The Current in March 2015, but did not play the Twin Cities metro area.