Gig Review by Samuel Lambeth with Photography by Kris Askey

Wolf Alice

Birmingham has become something of a second home for London grunge/rock group Wolf Alice. They’ve enjoyed many-a-gig in England’s second city, and their rise in stature and fame is personified through the bigger-sized venues. Tonight’s packed-out gig at the Institute shows just how much the band have been propelled into the mainstream.

Wolf Alice

Wolf Alice

Singer Ellie Roswell is a confident, engaging frontwoman, and her vocals transcend between icy cold and fiery as hell, not least on the chiming ‘Your Love’s Whore’, which arrives early on in the set. Classic single ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’ draws a holler of cheers from the Alice faithful, while ‘Bros’ and ‘Lisbon’ simmer with energy and intensity.

Wolf Alice

Wolf Alice

‘Fluffy’ really is a misnomer; forget the cuddlesome title, it bears its teeth with a molten guitar riff and Roswell’s ferocious delivery. However, Wolf Alice are equally as adept when they slow down the pace – the dark acoustic thrum of ‘Swallowtail’, led by Joff Oddie, shows they can apply their menace to more downbeat waters.

Wolf Alice

Wolf Alice

One of the many reasons for the group’s success is the eclecticism of My Love is Cool, which changes tack from Pixies-esque introspection to Smashing Pumpkins-style bombast, not least on the single ‘Giant Peach’, which closes the show amid much fanfare.

Wolf Alice

Wolf Alice

The band blend the squall of mid-90s alternative rock with the contemporary melodies of modern rock, and it’s no wonder they’re finally making some serious waves. Their love is cool, but their sound is much cooler.

Wolf Alice

Wolf Alice

Support for Wolf Alice came from alternative rock two-piece Drenge. Drenge are Rory Loveless and Eoin Loveless.

Drenge

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