Wolf Alice at The Ritz, Manchester, UK – 26th March 2015

Posted by Bianca on Thursday Mar 26, 2015 Under Alternative, Rock

Gig Review by Nic Jones with Gig Photos by Jay Broadhurst

Wolf Alice

Wolf Alice have been on our radar for a while. They’ve been gaining momentum for the past couple of years, often tipped on people’s ones-to-watch list. It feels like they are one big record away from really making it into a wider stream of consciousness. It was a treat to hear they were touring early this year; the chance to see them before they really set the world alight was one which we could not turn down.

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Whilst Manchester’s Ritz may not be full this evening, its inhabitants make it seem and sound like it is. From the moment Wolf Alice stride on stage and start up their first song, the front section of the audience is animatedly bouncing around, losing themselves in the rocky-grunge-pop guitar riffs. They may not yet have released an album, but Wolf Alice have done well out of strong early reviews and seemingly gained a loyal following.

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After a head-banging start, the band confidently make their way through tracks of their EPs and songs from their forthcoming album. ‘Blush’, ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’ and ‘Giant Peach’ are all met with loud cheers, and they form the highlight moments of the evening. Wolf Alice have the rare ability to combine a grungy-rock sound with beautiful, melodic pop and the results make for a very interesting and unique live sound.

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Lead singer Ellie Rowsell is unequivocally the beating heart of the performance. Listening to her voice on their EPs cannot prepare you for her on stage presence. There’s something very authentic about her, no movement feels like an act, only necessary to tell a story. Whilst she forms the central point the band pivots around, Joel Amey, Joff Odie and Theo Ellis all play to their strengths, each standing out in unique ways. It’s a band of individuals working very well together.

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What comes across most is the natural affinity the group seems to share on stage. The chemistry between the four is both comfortable but charged. They clearly enjoy playing together and it is infectious. Until they build up a wider range of material to perform (which only comes with experience and time), this is what really makes them a band you should catch whilst they are still in their infancy. And if they continue down the right path, this is what will make them truly great.

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