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Glowing with streaks of glittery youth and flecks of sparkle, Wolf Alice, the grungey rock four piece hailing from London, stomped onto stage alongside their instruments, shattering the omnipresent murmur of the excited crowd with drilling riffs and shouts of “sixteen, so sweet!” from opener “Fluffy”. Shepherds Bush Empire was to play host on the night to the ensuing madness caused by Ellie, Joel, Joff and Theo. The atmosphere in the standing section was that of excited furor, and every opportunity to sweatily bash against strangers was taken.

Well known heavily rock influenced tracks like “She” and “Storms” were yelled back to the stage, guitar riffs electrifying the venue in Royal Blood-esque style. Newer songs from upcoming album “My Love Is Cool”, such as  “Soapy Water” and “The Wonderwhy”, charmed the audience through tinkling electric guitar sections and soft coos, alongside slower tunes like “Blush” and “White Leather”, all shoulder sitting and arm waving.

Much of the draw to the band comes in the form of front woman Ellie Rowsell, a glowing songstress singlehandedly able to ferociously scream down the microphone, creating chaos with one yell alone, alongside being able to croon gently to an awestruck audience. Clad in a flowy ensemble, every strike of her guitar perfectly coordinated with guitarist Joff Oddie made for a stage presence that spoke volumes alongside poetic lyrics.

The most energetic track of the night was “Giant Peach”, the bands latest single, causing chaotic madness and many bruises- ending up on the floor halfway through the track with a randomer who managed to fall on top of me made for an interesting gig experience for sure…

The night ended with “Moaning Lisa Smile” from debut EP “Heavenly Creatures”. Confetti cannons rained down gold to close the victorious night as it was to clear to see where all effects money had been spent, with minimal background on stage, all focus on the band themselves. Coming out of the heated venue into the cold evening air, I bumped into Peace front man Harrison Koisser, who had just finished sharing a cig with crooner Matty Healy from The 1975 (who happen to be signed to Dirty Hit records, the same label that Wolf Alice signed to last year).

The ecstatic night showed how much Wolf Alice have developed as a band in the last few years- the growth of their live sound means that larger venues are sure to come in the future, accompanied by a growing fan base. The new album “My Love Is Cool” comes out in June, available for pre order here .

What do you make of Wolf Alice? Let us know in the comments!

Image: Andy Von Pip used under Creative Commons.

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