"Wolf Alice" was originally a story from a collection of short fiction entitled The Bloody Chamber
, written by Angela Carter in 1979. The dark folk tale refers to the classic story of "Little Red Riding Hood" and is told from the perspective of a girl who is raised by wolves and embarks on a journey to explore self-awareness. From that story later came the birth of the band Wolf Alice
in 2010, and perhaps they're not as spooky... but the short story embodies their style and music pretty spot on.
The 4-piece consists of Ellie Rowsell on vocals and guitar, Joff Oddie on guitar and backup vocals, Theo Ellis on bass, and Joel Amey on drums. Hailing from North London, the band makes what Clash
once described as "the lovechild of folk and grunge." As for what the band thinks of their music? They've described it as "rocky pop."
Their official debut single "Fluffy" was released to critical acclaim in 2013, followed by the heartfelt single "Bros." Both tracks were featured on their debut EP Blush
. During that same year, BBC Radio 6 Music chose Wolf Alice as the single most blogged about artist in the UK. And in 2014, the band was named "Best Breakthrough Artist" at the UK Festival Awards.
The band really started to make waves with the release of their single "Moaning Lisa Smile," which was off the band's 2014 EP Creature Songs
. It peaked at #9 on Billboard Alternative Songs and was nominated for a 2016 Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance. They also toured extensively as support for The 1975
, who they also happen to be friends with. Talk about #FriendshipGoals.
Now, the band has officially released their sophomore record, Visions of a Life.
It included the intense lead single "Yuk Foo" which was released earlier this summer. It really showed that the band is deciding to kick things up a notch, with Ellie's intense screams and sonic fury. That single was followed by two more, "Don't Delete The Kisses" and "Beautifully Unconventional," which were not as intense, but just as enjoyable. "Don't Delete The Kisses" also came with a PDA-filled video that had every person who was not in a relationship in tears.
Between the front woman's cool attitude, the chemistry between all of the members, and their genre defying ways, there's no band quite like this one, and that's why we're keeping them on our radar. Sure, Wolf Alice may have started out as an old folk tale, but now, it's also one of the most impressive indie - or should I say, "rocky pop" - bands today.