Few bands have managed to make such an impact with their debut album than Wolf Alice. ‘My Love Is Cool’ landed in June last year, featuring five singles: ‘Fluffy’, ‘Bros’, ‘Giant Peach’, ‘You’re a Germ’ and ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’. The latter charted in the US at number 9 and received a Grammy nomination. The LP found it’s own acclaim with a nomination for the coveted Mercury Prize and being almost universally recognised by critics as one of the best releases of 2015.
It’s not only their debut album that Wolf Alice have received accolades for however. They were voted by NME readers as Best Live Band at the 2016 NME Awards last month. They have toured relentlessly since arriving on the scene with the 2013 EP ‘Blush’, bringing their hair-raising performances to cities around the world.
Last night (9 March), the North London four-piece brought their stellar reputation to a sold-out night at Liverpool’s Arts Club. Gushing about how grateful they were for people coming to the show and how long it had been since they were last in Liverpool, they seemed genuinely happy to be on stage.
The Seel Street venue was packed to the rafters. Seeing the support for them around the world, from fans and critics alike, Wolf Alice could surely play bigger venues. But fans with tickets for this sold-out UK tour won’t worry about that.
Playing a set, which perfectly mirrored the composition of My Love Is Cool with a mix of dreamy shoegaze and grunge belters despite including songs from Blush and 2014 EP ‘Creature Songs’.
Latest single ‘You’re a Germ’ was the track that got the set into full flow after an extended guitar intro, prompting screams from the crowd when they recognised the opening chords.
A fierce pit soon formed in front of the stage and the band appeared to feed off the Liverpool crowd’s energy. Seeing Wolf Alice go from guitarist Joff Oddie spinning, throwing his guitar around thrashing his head during ‘Storms’ to drummer Joel Amey crooning his way through woozy tune ‘Swallowtail’ with his gold glittery drum kit glistening in a soft spot light was one of the highlights of the show.
Frontwoman Ellie Rowsell was on top form of course, exhibiting awesome vocals with a dash of her signature chilling screams and whispers. Despite not speaking a single word to the crowd all night and keeping her feet rooted to the spot, she remained centre of attention.
Wolf Alice gave their all during the three-song encore which included the blood curdling ‘Turn to Dust’, the goosebump inducing ‘Blush’ and the roaring ‘Giant Peach’. The customary stage dive from bass player Theo Ellis brought proceedings to a fitting close.
Wolf Alice more than justified their Best Live Band status with a set that more than justified the accolades of their debut album.
You’re a Germ
Your Loves Whore
90 Mile Beach
Moaning Lisa Smile
Turn to Dust