Wolf Alice Vinyl, CD & tapes by Wolf Alice at Norman Records
A quartet of indie rockers who make scorched-earth music that somehow manages to tread the ground of both shoegaze and grunge with aplomb, Wolf Alice are one of the more interesting propositions to crop up in recent years.
Their sound is as stuck-in-the-mud as their powerful and stubborn live shows, where they began to wow us. On My Love Is Cool, they made true on their grit with a record that saw Ellie Roswell go deeply personal from amidst a screeching and non-stop rock record.
Wolf Alice is still a young band, just two records into a career that will likely offer many more melodic spikes, but they sound fully-formed, in control of their accessible but bellicose sound. On Visions of a Life they embraced noise rock brilliantly, suggesting musical uniforms rigid and uncompromising as well as more meandering, psychedelic routes. Theirs is music gloomy and in the spirit of a disengaged but deeply feeling youth, played with the angst and stress of this here late 2000s lifetime. Who knows where they'll go from here, but thank god: British rock music needs a mainstream band delivering unexpected U-turns and identity fake outs, and Wolf Alice might just be that band.