Wolf Alice: ‘Our music is always going to be confused’

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Band hint next album may be ‘faster-paced’

Wolf Alice have told NME their albums are likely to always be “confused” as they want their music to remain eclectic.

Speaking to NME before their show at Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time festival on Friday (July 8), the band said early signs for their second album are “positive”.

Guitarist Joff Oddie said: “We’ve made a positive start, but the new songs are at too formative a stage to have figured out any themes yet. It’s Wolf Alice, so it’s always going to be confused – stylistically, we’re typically all over the place.”

Oddie added: “We haven’t got a big mantra of where we want to take our sound, because we always let the explorative nature of being in the studio shape where the songs take us. But we want to be able to enjoy playing the new songs live, which lends itself to faster-paced songs. But that’s yet to be proven.”

The bill for Friday’s British Summer Time festival at London’s Hyde Park was chosen by headliners Mumford and Sons. Bassist Theo Ellis said: “We’re thankful that Mumford And Sons selected us to be on the bill. It’s really cool of them to do that, because knowing that another band likes your music enough to have you play their festival is an absolute honour.”

Drummer Joel Amey added: “We played at Hyde Park two years ago with The Libertines on a much smaller stage. That day was fun, with a really rowdy crowd. During Reverend And The Makers, it was so rowdy that someone wiped the sound monitors so the stage had to close. A fun day. It’s a really beautiful main stage at Hyde Park too.”

Singer Ellie Rowsell said that, a year after debut album ‘My Love Is Cool’ was released, the band had become accustomed to festival season. She said: “We’ve had chance to consolidate going from the smaller stages now. But we’re still not totally used to the main stages. Not everyone is there to see you, and that’s very apparent. But that pushes you to win people over. The confidence that you’ve done well enough to graduate to the main stages pushes you on and stops you feeling swallowed up. We’re giving it a good shout.”

Speaking about their show at Portugese festival Nos Alive the day before, Amey said: “That crowd couldn’t have been better. That was a real vibe, that place. The crowd and us gelled as one, if that’s not too lame to say. It was really fun.”