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Wolf Alice take no prisoners on rage-filled new single ‘Yuk Foo’

A yuking brilliant return

After six months maternity leave, Annie Mac has made her return to the Radio 1 airwaves by playing the most cuss-filled, non-radio-friendly song imaginable. And it comes from an unlikely source. Wolf Alice showed a sinister side on 2015 debut ‘My Love is Cool’, but it was balanced by early-twenties earnestness and grand-scoped anthems. ‘Yuk Foo’, the first track from second LP ‘Visions of a Life’, comes out kicking and screaming like nothing before. It’s an enraged, viciously snarling return, so fury-filled it’s capable of leaving you physically shaken.

Frontwoman Ellie Rowsell packs together ‘Yuk Foo’’s ammunition. Over an agitated wall of guitars, she gives no pause for breath, shouting: “You bore me, you bore me to death, you deplore me, and I don’t give a shit.” Whoever the subject of this song happens to be, they don’t stand a chance. “I wanna fuck all the people I meet. Fuck all my friends and all the people in the street,” she continues, each line cutting deeper than the last.

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Best of all is Rowsell’s delivery. Across just two minutes, she howls, grunts and cackles between words. The last thing you hear is a piercing wail, like she’s screaming directly into a loudspeaker placed next to your ear. ‘Yuk Foo’ packs rage and angst like sardines in a box, crushed together into a bullet-shaped attack. It’s the sound of Wolf Alice making a serious step up.

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