Wolf Alice fans are likely to be rather disappointed by this hybrid documentary-drama about the band's UK and Ireland tour. On the one hand, filmmaker Michael Winterbottom had complete access backstage, so he catches the band members on the tour bus, in the dressing room and around town. But nothing very interesting happens with them, and their performances are cut short on-screen. Instead, there's an awkward fictional storyline stirred in that feels like little more than a distraction.
This artificial plot centres on 21-year-old London music executive Estelle (Leah Harvey), who joins Wolf Alice as they travel to Belfast and Dublin, then crisscross England, Scotland and Wales before heading to London. Along the way, Estelle falls for roadie Joe (James McArdle) and they have a rather torrid fling. Meanwhile, the bandmates (Ellie Rowsell, Joff Oddie, Joel Amey and Theo Ellis) are lounging around, trying to find time to sleep, doing interviews with local press and having photo shoots in between their gigs, at which they're supported by Bloody Knees and Swim Deep.
Oddly, the film doesn't really work as a rock doc, since Winterbottom only includes snippets of the songs. This is a shame, since Rowsell has so much stage charisma, elevating Wolf Alice's distinct brand of edgy pop. But the strangest thing is that the bandmates never get up to any backstage antics at all. They have some late-night raves in pubs, but they otherwise reveal very little about themselves. Even in the interviews, the questions are all resolutely superficial. Instead, the movie seeks some emotional interest in the romance between Estelle and Joe, cross-cutting their languid sex with the band's stage performances. Both Harvey and McArdle are solid in the roles, but there's no context to their interaction. And the meeting with his mother (a cameo from Shirley Henderson) in Glasgow is bizarrely pointless.
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By Mark Moore in Music Reviews on 25 August 2017
Wolf Alice have gone through the newcomers stages, they have nailed all their live shows to date and are still getting better each time. Debut album 'My Love Is Cool' was an amazing first record and they really showed Glastonbury what they are made of.
Rather than taking some time-out, Wolf Alice are out doing a mini tour before the release of the new record, to be followed by a full UK tour later in the year. Tonight is the turn of The Venue at Derby, and it's a breath of fresh air to see that they are not hitting arenas; these are the places where music lives.
Continue reading: Wolf Alice - The Venue, Derby 16.08.2017 Live Review
'Visions of a Life' is Wolf Alice's forthcoming second album.
Wolf Alice are set to return with their second studio album later this year entitled 'Visions of a Life'. They have also dropped the first song from the record, 'Yuk Foo', and announce dates for their summer North American tour and their Fall European tour.
The Grammy and Mercury Prize nominated London four-piece follow up their 2015 debut album 'My Love Is Cool' with 'Visions Of A Life' this September. They have just premiere their new track 'Yuk Foo' on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show as her Hottest Record in the World.
By Mark Moore in Music Reviews on 30 March 2016
2015 was a massive year for Wolf Alice and it looks like 2016 could be so much bigger, after finishing their current UK tour, the group will travel to America for a national headline tour.
We are treated to an instrumental intro which smoothly changes into 'Your Loves Whore' then, for me what is the best song on the album (somehow not made the top 40 charts!!!!), 'You're A Germ. A great build up and the the whole of Rock City began bouncing along to Ellie's standout vocal: "You ain't going to heaven (eyes wide, eyes wide)
Continue reading: Wolf Alice - Rock City, Nottingham 23.03.2016 Live Review
Chloe Dobinson recaps her favourite albums of 2015
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The band release their debut album 'My Love Is Cool' in June.
Currently selling out venues across North America, Wolf Alice gear up for a major tour of the UK in the Autumn; their biggest set of dates yet that will follow a full summer festival schedule and include a homecoming gig at Brixton Academy in London.
We predicted that this year would be an incredible one for Wolf Alice and we weren't wrong. As well as a sell-out tour across the US and Canada this Spring followed by an entire summer of festival frivolities, the rock four-piece will be embarking on their biggest ever UK tour in September 2015, hitting up venues the likes of Brixton Academy, Manchester's Albert Hall, Bristol Academy and Birmingham Institute.
Continue reading: Wolf Alice Unveil Major UK Tour Details And Summery New Single 'Bros'
Wolf Alice, Ryn Weaver and Best Coast impress with dynamic sets.
Wednesday night (March 18th 2015) was a female fronted assault with fantastic sets from both US and UK bands at SXSW's legendary Hype Hotel Presented by Feed the Beat. The evening was a perfect example of why girl power is playing such an important role on modern music.
Getting the evening off to an unforgettable start was 22-year-old San Diego singer Ryn Weaver. Undoubtedly the talk of the night, Weaver poses something very different with her vivacious stage presence and distinctive pop vocal, bringing everyone to their feet with songs such as 'Promises', 'Sail On' and debut single 'OctaHate'. She even connected with her audience by sharing an anecdote about her late grandfather, who she describes as her 'muse'. Set to release her debut album 'The Fool' this summer, Weaver promises big things having already topped the US Heatseekers chart with her 2014 EP 'Promises'.
Continue reading: Hype Hotel's Best Female-Fronted Bands Prove To Be SXSW Gold
Which are the best venues to visit this SXSW?
SXSW 2015 is set to take over Austin, Texas for yet another spectacular event, spanning numerous venues with countless showcases and hundreds of artists. We may be a few weeks away yet, but here's a little taster of some of the best places to be this year.
First up, the Parish is hosting some seminal shows all week, so this should definitely be at the top of your schedule. Wednesday, March 18th sees alt rock Londoners Wolf Alice on the bill, impressing with material from their EP releases; though we are yet to see an album release from these four. Equally, LA newcomers BØRNS are not to be missed, nor are San Diego indie favourites Delta Spirit. Thursday sees The Vaccines promote their upcoming album 'English Graffiti', alongside Palma Violets with 'Danger In The Club', while New York's Lolawolf brings their brand of sensational disco pop to the scene. Friday will be headlined by the Jarman brothers' band The Cribs, and Saturday will see appropriate surf-rock from Florida four-piece Surfer Blood.
Borns will perform at the Parish on Wednesday, March 18th 2015
Continue reading: 5 Venues You'll Want To Visit At SXSW 2015