A first time for everything
Wolf Alice’s meteoric rise to rock music’s top table has been a whirlwind journey that includes two critically acclaimed albums, selling out Alexandra Palace and the small matter of winning the Mercury Music Prize. The Londoners will be stepping up as headliners for the first time in their career at Standon Calling – with frontwoman Ellie Rowsell revealing to NME that “it’s an honour to be asked to headline.”
Rowsell went on to say that “it’s a really good line-up” at Standon this year – citing Chic, Fleetmac Wood and IDLES as some of her top picks for the weekend. She also hinted that the headline slot could be used to debut some new material from their upcoming album – explaining that they “would like to have something new” by the time they take to the stage in Hertfordshire. Fingers crossed!
Just to get you in the mood for their landmark performance – we give you the lowdown on how Wolf Alice rose up from the murky underbelly of the London music scene to become one of the biggest bands in Britian.
The band was formed by the enigmatic Rowsell and and guitarist Joff Oddie – originally starting out as a folk duo. They self-released their debut EP ‘Wolf Alice’ later that year. The pair then recruited Sadie Cleary and James Day-Cocking to play bass and drums to add electric elements to their music in an effort to expand their sound. The band then toured the London pub circuit before making key alterations to the line-up in 2012.
We’re going through changes
Cleary and Day-Cocking left the band, making way for drummer Joel Amey and bassist Theo Ellis to complete the quartet’s line-up. The alt-rockers spent time honing their sound and evolving as a live band before releasing two EP’s – 2013’s ‘Blush’ and 2014’s ‘Creature Songs’. An immediate buzz ensued, as both releases were warmly received by critics and fans alike, with the band seamlessly pairing elements of ghostly folk with stadium sized rock choruses on tracks like ‘Blush’ and ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’.
The major label debut
After touring extensively, Wolf Alice released debut album ‘My Love is Cool’ in 2015. With bonafide grunge bangers ‘Bros’ and ‘Giant Peach’ – the album catapulted the band into the mainstream, gaining high praise from the likes of NME and The Guardian – with DIY magazine labelling it a “remarkable” release. The record earned them a Mercury Music Prize nomination and they hit the road with acts including Biffy Clyro, Alt-J and the 1975 before laying the foundations for what would become their monumental second album.
The critically acclaimed follow up
2017 saw the release of ‘Visions of a Life’ – a shoegaze rock opera that solidified the bands status as being one of the best in the U.K. Huge headlining tours followed (THAT Ally Pally headline show), as the band dropped singles ‘Don’t Delete the Kisses’, ‘Yuk Foo’ and ‘Beautifully Unconventional’ to universal acclaim. They then went one step further and clinched the Mercury Music Prize for 2018 – fending off competition from Arctic Monkeys and King Krule, whilst also grabbing the number 2 spot in the UK albums chart. Not bad, eh?
Be sure to catch Wolf Alice’s FIRST headlining slot at Standon Calling 2019 as they continue to become one of the biggest bands on the planet!