Wolf Alice – Review

Review of Wolf Alice at The Leadmill on May 6th.


Wolf Alice are a band on the precipice of something big. The North London quartet are finally starting to get some mainstream recognition – and their latest single ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’ has been getting considerable airtime on Radio 1- with heavy praise coming from Indie advocate Huw Stephens.


The atmosphere in The Leadmill was palpable; it really felt as if this was a band more than worthy of the often detrimental ‘pre-first album hype’. Even recent NME Award winning brothers, Eoin and Rory Loveless from Drenge, were in attendance to sample their angsty-rock-pop. Support came from the melodically tight Gengahr and then Brummies Superfood – who set the tone for Wolf Alice with a trashy 90s inspired set reminiscent of Pavement. Their track ‘Melt’ employs the dichotomous relationship of hectic guitar with a harmonious and calculated bridge rather well.


Wolf Alice stormed on at 9:50, leading with ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’ and inciting instant crowd participation from the ‘younger’ section at the barrier. The set also contained some new material that embraces the punk ethos Wolf Alice have displayed since the start. Lead singer Ellie Roswell casts an unorthodox stage presence, seemingly totally immersed in the music, but she has the pipes to act how she wishes on stage. Crowd favourite ‘Blush’ off their debut EP was met with audible cheers from the opening chords and, similarly, ‘Bros’ roused a singalong of sorts in the Leadmill. Going back to their not so distant roots, the foursome closed with their rowdy, crashing debut single ‘Fluffy’. The band were pleased, the crowd were pleased. Job done – hype still intact. Ford Maddox Brown.

The Leadmill

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