Wolf Alice

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Wolf Alice
Wolf Alice live at Heaven 2014.jpg
Wolf Alice live at Heaven in 2014. From left to right: Joff Oddie, Ellie Rowsell, Joel Amey, Theo Ellis
Background information
Origin London, England
Years active 2010–present
Website wolfalice.co.uk
Members Ellie Rowsell
Joel Amey
Joff Oddie
Theo Ellis
Past members Sadie Cleary
James DC

Wolf Alice are a four-piece alternative rock band from North London, formed initially as a two-person band in 2010. Its members since 2012 are Ellie Rowsell (vocals, guitar), Joff Oddie (guitars, vocals), Theo Ellis (bass), and Joel Amey (drums, vocals).

They released their official debut single "Fluffy" in February 2013, and the single "Bros" followed in May of that year. In October 2013 they released their official debut EP Blush. Their second official EP Creature Songs was released in May 2014. In February 2015 they released the lead single "Giant Peach" from their debut album My Love Is Cool, which was released in the UK and U.S. in June 2015.[1]

The single "Moaning Lisa Smile" from the band's 2014 EP Creature Songs peaked at #9 on Billboard Alternative Songs in August 2015,[2] and was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance for the 2016 Grammys.


Wolf Alice were formed in 2010, and began as an acoustic act between Ellie Rowsell and Joff Oddie. Their name came from a short story by Angela Carter.[3][4] Eventually deciding to add electric elements to their sound, they recruited Rowsell's childhood friend, Sadie Cleary, to play the bass, and James DC, a friend of Oddie to be their drummer. They self-released an EP called Wolf Alice that year,[citation needed] with three songs - "Every Cloud", "Wednesday", and "Destroy Me" - as well as a video for "Wednesday".

When their drummer broke his wrist in 2012, Joel Amey joined the band as a temporary replacement, but later became a permanent member. In that same year, Cleary left to focus on her studies. Theo Ellis was then recruited as their bassist in late 2012.[5] They released the song "Leaving You" online on Soundcloud as a free download which gained airplay from BBC Radio 1 and featured in NME's 'Radar' section.[6] After the song was released, they toured with Peace, and recorded a session for Huw Stephens' Radio 1 show in January. They released their first physical single "Fluffy" in February 2013 on the Chess Club label.[3][7]

The band released their second single "Bros" in May on Chess Club.[8][9] "Bros" is one of the first songs that Rowsell wrote, which the band played in their early stages, leading to a tour where the band were supported by bands such as Dressed Like Wolves and Dead New Blood.[10] In October 2013, Wolf Alice released their first official EP called Blush, and official video of the single "She".

In December 2013, they were chosen as the single most blogged about artist in the UK in that year by BBC Radio 6 Music.[11] In 2014 they signed to Dirty Hit Records, and released their second EP Creature Songs in May. In December 2014 the band were named "Best Breakthrough Artist" at the UK Festival Awards.[12]

In late February 2015, Wolf Alice announced their debut album My Love Is Cool, and released the first single from the album, "Giant Peach".[13] In April 2015 Wolf Alice released a reworked version of fan favourite "Bros" as the second single from their debut album.[14] On 10 June 2015 Wolf Alice shared album track "You're a Germ" via Soundcloud.[15] Wolf Alice released "Freazy" as a single in late 2015.[16]

They have toured extensively as a support act for The 1975 and cite them as their peers.

In June 2017, Wolf Alice released the lead single "Yuk Foo" off their second studio album Visions of a Life, released on 29 September 2017. They released the second single from the album "Don't Delete the Kisses" in the following month.

Musical style[edit]

While the group's early material was folk-tinged pop, they became more rock-oriented after the rhythm section joined.[17][18] Clash described the band as "the lovechild of folk and grunge".[3] The "Fluffy" single saw the band compared to Elastica and Hole, while the single's B-side, "White Leather", saw comparisons to The xx.[19][20][21] Kitty Empire, writing in The Observer, described their sound as "an engaging strain of off-kilter indie rock".[4] The band describe their music as "rocky pop".[22] The Daily Telegraph declare Wolf Alice's debut album as 'feral and sophisticated' in review.[23]

Song usage in media[edit]

Band members[edit]

Currents members

  • Ellie Rowsell - lead vocals, guitar, keyboards, synths (2010–present)
  • Joff Oddie - guitar, violin, synths, vocals (2010–present)
  • Theo Ellis - bass, synths, vocals (2012–present)
  • Joel Amey - drums, synths, vocals (2012–present)

Former members:

  • Sadie Cleary - bass (2010-2012)
  • James DC - drums (2010-2012)


The band were followed around 16 different gigs for the 2016 documentary "On the Road", directed by Michael Winterbottom.[28]


Ellie Rowsell of Wolf Alice performing at Cambridge Junction, 2015

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications

My Love Is Cool 2 41 148 37 83 90
Visions of a Life
  • Releasing: 29 September 2017
  • Label: Dirty Hit
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
2 54 91 13 190


Title Details
  • Released: 7 October 2013
  • Label: Chess Club Records
  • Formats: LP, CD, digital download
Creature Songs
  • Released: 26 May 2014
  • Label: Dirty Hit
  • Formats: LP, CD, digital download


Title Year Peak chart positions Album


"Leaving You" 2012 N/A
"Fluffy" 2013 My Love Is Cool
"She" Blush
"Moaning Lisa Smile" 2014 9 45 Creature Songs
"Giant Peach" 2015 My Love Is Cool
"Bros" 157 58 35
"You're a Germ"
"Lisbon" 2016
"Yuk Foo" 2017 Visions of a Life
"Don't Delete the Kisses"
"Beautifully Unconventional"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result Ref.
2014 Wolf Alice Best Breakthrough Artist Won [12]
Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result Ref.
2015 Wolf Alice Best New Artist/Band Won [40]
Year Recipient/Nominated work Result Ref.
2015 My Love Is Cool Nominated [41]
Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result Ref.
2016 Wolf Alice British Breakthrough Act Nominated [42]
Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result Ref.
2016 Moaning Lisa Smile Best Rock Performance Nominated [43]
Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result Ref.
2016 Wolf Alice Best British Band Nominated [44]
Best Live Band Won
Best Fan Community Nominated
My Love Is Cool Best Album Nominated
Giant Peach Best Track Won
You're a Germ Best Music Video Nominated
2017 Wolf Alice Best British Band Nominated [45]
Best Live Band Nominated
Best Music Video Nominated
Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result Ref.
2016 Bros Best Song Musically and Lyrically, Nominated [46]
Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result Ref.
2016 Wolf Alice Best live act Nominated [47]
PPL award for most-played independent new act Nominated


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