Alternative-rock band Wolf Alice initially formed in 2010 as a folk duo consisting of Ellie Rowsell, lead vocals, and Joff Oddie, lead guitarist. Theo Ellis, bassist, and Joel Amey, drummer, joined the band in 2012 and they released their debut single ‘Fluffy’ in January 2013 along with a video that seems to mock the band’s move away from their folk sound. Wolf Alice take their name from a short story by Angela Carter about a feral child who is raised by wolves.
May 2012 saw the band release the single ‘Bros’ which was followed by their debut EP ‘Blush’ in October. Their second EP ‘Creature Songs’ was released in May 2014 and ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’, a single taken from it, proved popular in the US, reaching #9 on Billboard Alternative Charts and receiving a nomination for ‘Best Rock Performance’ at the 2016 Grammys. In February 2015 they released ‘Giant Peach’ as a single from their acclaimed debut album, ‘My Love is Cool’, which was released in June 2015. Since then they have released a song for the 2016 ‘Ghostbusters’ movie entitled ‘Ghoster’.
Many of the band’s older songs, some of which were never officially released, are still appreciated by fans and the ‘My Love is Cool’ box set, released in August 2016, saw Wolf Alice recognise that with a 10-track CD of ‘demos, B-sides and rarities’.
Wolf Alice have received nominations for a Brit, a Grammy and the Mercury Prize and have won multiple other awards including ‘Best Breakthrough Artist’ at the UK Festival Awards and ‘Best New Artist/Band’ from iTunes. They had six nominations at our very own NME Awards 2016 with Austin, Texas and took home two awards with ‘Best Live Band’ and ‘Best Track’.
The band has an impressive live record and it gained them a slot on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2016. As well as touring the US with The 1975 in spring 2016, they had their first headline slot at ‘By The Sea’ festival in September. The band are now taking a break from touring and their social media updates suggest they are in the works of creating a second album. There’s no confirmation of this yet but speaking to NME in July they said early signs of a second album are ‘positive’ adding, ‘it’s Wolf Alice, so it’s always going to be confused- stylistically we’re all over the place’.