It is amazing what two years can do for a band. The first time that I saw Wolf Alice was in May of 2015 at the now closed Demo in St. Louis, Mo. Only around 25-30 people were in the crowd. Flash forward to Saturday night at Off Broadway where the band played to a sold out crowd. This would be my third time seeing the North London band. Each time they seem to look a bit more at ease on stage than they did the previous time. This time around they didnt just seem at ease, they owned the stage.
The band opened with a synth-heavy new song ‘Don’t Delete The Kisses’. It is the second single the band has released off of their upcoming album ‘Visions of a Life’ that comes out in September .The song is very different from the screamer first single ‘Yuk Foo”. During ‘Yuk Foo’ the crowd really got energized. I really thought that the floor boards might not handle the whole crowd pogoing. Ellie Rowsell has said that the album will flow so you can see how you get from ‘Don’t Delete The Kisses’ to ‘Yuk Foo’ over the course of the album. Speaking of the new album the band played five tracks off of it. It is probably the album that I am looking forward to the most this year.
It was easy to see that the band was having a lot of fun. Between Bass player Theo Ellis loved the fact that an all girl mosh pit had formed on his side of the stage, and Ellie Rowsell cracking a few smiles between songs.
They closed the set with riff heavy ‘Giant Peach’. After a short departure and closed the night with a blistering version of ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’, the song that earned them a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Performance. If the band keeps up the momentum that they currently have they will be playing venues in the states as big as the ones that they are currently selling out in the UK.
Local band Bo and the Locomotive opened the night.
Don’t Delete The Kisses
You’re a Germ
Visions Of A Life
Your Loves Whore
Encore : Moaning Lisa Smile