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Wolf Alice
Wolf Alice live at Heaven in 2014. From left to right: Joff Oddie, Ellie Rowsell, Joel Amey, Theo Ellis
Wolf Alice live at Heaven in 2014. From left to right: Joff Oddie, Ellie Rowsell, Joel Amey, Theo Ellis
Background information
OriginLondon, England
Genres
Years active2010–present
Labels
Websitewolfalice.co.uk
MembersEllie Rowsell
Joel Amey
Joff Oddie
Theo Ellis
Past membersSadie Cleary
James DC

Wolf Alice are a British alternative rock band from London. Formed in 2010 as an acoustic duo comprising singer Ellie Rowsell and guitarist Joff Oddie, since 2012 Wolf Alice have also featured bassist Theo Ellis and drummer Joel Amey.

Wolf Alice released their debut single "Fluffy" in February 2013, and followed it with "Bros" in May. They released their debut EP Blush in October, and its follow-up Creature Songs in May 2014. In February 2015 the band released the lead single "Giant Peach" from their debut album My Love Is Cool, which was released in June 2015. It includes their 2014 single "Moaning Lisa Smile", which peaked at number nine on US Billboard's Alternative Songs chart in August 2015,[2] and was nominated for the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance.

The band released their second studio album Visions of a Life in September 2017. It debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart, and received universal acclaim from music critics. Ranked as one of the best albums of the year by multiple publications, the album won the 2018 Mercury Prize.

History[edit]

2010–2016: Formation, EPs and My Love Is Cool[edit]

Wolf Alice were formed in 2010 and began as an acoustic duo 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 bass and Oddie's friend James DC to be their drummer. They self-released an EP called Wolf Alice that year, featuring three songs: "Every Cloud", "Wednesday", and "Destroy Me".[5]

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.[6] 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.[7] 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][8]

Wolf Alice released their second single "Bros" in May on Chess Club Records.[9][10] "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.[11] In October 2013, Wolf Alice released their first official EP called Blush, which was preceded by the release of "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.[12] In 2014, they signed to Dirty Hit and released their second EP Creature Songs in May. In December 2014, the band were named "Best Breakthrough Artist" at the UK Festival Awards.[13]

In late February 2015, Wolf Alice announced their debut album My Love Is Cool, and released the first single from the album, "Giant Peach".[14] In April, they released a reworked version of the fan favourite "Bros" as the second single from their debut album.[15] On 10 June, the band shared a new track, "You're a Germ".[16] My Love Is Cool was released on 22 June, debuting at number two on the UK Albums Chart and receiving highly positive reviews. Later that year, they released "You're a Germ" and "Freazy" as singles, as well as "Lisbon" in 2016. Later in 2016, they toured as a support act for The 1975's tour in the US.[17]

Filmmaker Michael Winterbottom followed Wolf Alice as they toured in support of My Love Is Cool. He filmed the band and also inserted two actors among them, playing members of the road crew, with a fictional love story developing as they moved from gig to gig. The resulting docudrama film, On the Road, was released in October 2016. According to Deadspin, "In the documentary, Winterbottom captures 16 different gigs and daily life backstage from the point of view of a new member of their crew."[18]

2017–present: Visions of a Life, Mercury Prize Win[edit]

In June 2017, Wolf Alice released the lead single "Yuk Foo" off their second studio album, Visions of a Life. They released three more singles, "Don't Delete the Kisses", "Beautifully Unconventional", and "Heavenward", before the release of their album on the 28th of September. In 2018, they also released "Formidable Cool", "Sadboy" and "Space & Time" as singles from the album.

The band toured throughout 2018, including dates supporting Foo Fighters during their Concrete and Gold Tour and Queens of the Stone Age as part of their Villains World Tour.[19] They also supported Liam Gallagher at his concert at Finsbury Park on 29 June 2018.[20]

In September 2018, Visions of a Life won the 2018 Mercury Prize.[21]

Musical style and influences[edit]

While the group's early material was folk-tinged pop, they became more rock-oriented after the rhythm section joined.[22][23] 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.[24][25][26] 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".[27] The Daily Telegraph declare Wolf Alice's debut album as 'feral and sophisticated' in review.[28]

In interview, the band has cited their liking for the Beatles, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Blur and Courtney Love.[29]

Band members[edit]

Ellie Rowsell of Wolf Alice performing at Cambridge Junction, 2015

Current members

Former members:

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

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
UK
[30]
AUS
[31]
BEL
(FL)

[32]
IRE
[33]
NL
[34]
SCO
[35]
SWI
[36]
US
[37]
My Love Is Cool 2 41 148 37 83 6 90
Visions of a Life
  • Released: 29 September 2017
  • Label: Dirty Hit
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
2 54 91 13 133 2 88 190

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Wolf Alice[5]
  • Released: 2010
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Blush
  • Released: 7 October 2013
  • Label: Chess Club
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
Creature Songs
  • Released: 26 May 2014
  • Label: Dirty Hit
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[41]
BEL
(FL)

[32]
CAN
Rock

[42]
MEX
Air.

[43]
SCO
[44]
US
AAA

[45]
US
Alt.

[46]
US
Rock

[47]
"Fluffy" 2013 [A] Non-album single
"She" Blush
"Moaning Lisa Smile" 2014 [B] 32 9 45 Creature Songs
"Giant Peach" 2015 [C] My Love Is Cool
"Bros" 157 58 90 12 35 [D]
"You're a Germ" [E]
"Freazy"
"White Leather" / "Leaving You"[53] 2016 Non-album single
"Lisbon" My Love Is Cool
"Yuk Foo" 2017 Visions of a Life
"Don't Delete the Kisses" 100 74
"Beautifully Unconventional" [F]
"Heavenward"
"Formidable Cool" 2018 43
"Sadboy"
"Space & Time" [G]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other charting songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK
Down.

[56]
SCO
[44]
"Silk" 2017 86 39 My Love Is Cool

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Fluffy" did not enter the UK Singles Chart, but peaked at number 25 on the UK Physical Singles Chart Top 100.[48]
  2. ^ "Moaning Lisa Smile" did not enter the UK Singles Chart, but peaked at number 11 on the UK Physical Singles Chart.[49]
  3. ^ "Giant Peach" did not enter the UK Singles Chart, but peaked at number 37 on the UK Physical Singles Chart.[50]
  4. ^ "Bros" did not enter the Hot Rock Songs chart, but peaked at number 45 on the Rock Airplay chart.[51]
  5. ^ "You're a Germ" did not enter the UK Singles Chart, but peaked at number 2 on the UK Physical Singles Chart.[52]
  6. ^ "Beautifully Unconventional" did not enter the UK Singles Chart, but peaked at number 87 on the UK Singles Downloads Chart.[54]
  7. ^ "Space & Time" did not enter the UK Singles Chart, but peaked at number one on the UK Vinyl Singles chart.[55]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result Ref.
2014 Wolf Alice Best Breakthrough Artist Won [13]
Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result Ref.
2015 Wolf Alice Best New Artist/Band Won [57]
Year Recipient/Nominated work Result Ref.
2015 My Love Is Cool Nominated [58]
2018 Visions of a Life Won [59]
Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result Ref.
2016 Wolf Alice British Breakthrough Act Nominated [60]
2018 Wolf Alice British Group Nominated [61]
  • Global Awards
Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result Ref.
2018 Wolf Alice Best Indie Nominated [62]
Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result Ref.
2016 "Moaning Lisa Smile" Best Rock Performance Nominated [63]
Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result Ref.
2016 Wolf Alice Best British Band Nominated [64]
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 [65]
Best Live Band Nominated
Best Music Video Nominated
2018 Wolf Alice Best British Band Nominated [66]
Visions of a Life Best Album Nominated
Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result Ref.
2016 "Bros" Best Song Musically and Lyrically, Nominated [67]
Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result Ref.
2016 Wolf Alice Best Live Act Nominated [68]
PPL award for most-played independent new act Nominated

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