It’s hard to believe it’s only been two years since London-based alt-rock quartet Wolf Alice made waves before, during and after the release of debut album My Love Is Cool playing stomping shows from tiny rooms and record stores, Shepherd’s Bush Empire and Brixton Academy all the way to Glastonbury for now legendary sets.
And while any band might be in need of some time out after such a heavy schedule to get back into the zone to produce the kind of material that propelled them so far so quickly, that seems not to be the case for heavy-hitting Wolf Alice. That’s right folks, they’re back!
A first taste of the new record, Yuk Foo, was premiered last night as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World on BBC Radio 1, and is available to stream and download now. Annie Mac played Wolf Alice’s song Giant Peach – from their Gold-certified debut LP – as her first track on her first broadcast when she took over the reigns of Radio 1’s prestigious weekday evening show in March 2015, and repeated the feat for her return to the station.
And what a stomper it is, definitely one made with mosh pits the world over in mind. Briskly laying waste to all it sees in a little over two minutes. “You bore me, you bore me to death,” screams singer and guitarist Ellie Rowsell: “Deplore me? No i don’t give a shit.”
Check out the new single’s lyric video below:
Of the new single, frontwoman Rowsell says: “We wanted to make it open to interpretation, so that anyone who was frustrated at something could have it as their anthem.” She herself was inspired by “being sick and fed up of certain expectations… for me a lot of it is about being a young woman. Even the shit, everyday wolf-whistle thing. As I get older, I feel like ‘Why have I always put up with that?’ When I sing that kind of song, it’s everything that I want to do when that happens.”
The four-piece, comprised of Ellie Rowsell (vocals, guitar), Joff Oddie (guitar, vocals), Theo Ellis (bass) and Joel Amey (drums, vocals), have also just gone and announced a massive UK, European and American tour, kicking off with 14 ‘intimate’ shows across the US next month before starting the European leg in Paris this October.
They go on to play 12 huge UK shows including a massive hometown celebration at North London’s Alexandra Palace on 24th November, their biggest ever headline show.
The group have also announced that sophomore album Visions Of A Life will be released on 29th September through Dirty Hit, and given the sheer madness of Yuk Foo, appetites have been sufficiently whet!
UK Tour Dates:
Nov 8th: Bristol, O2 Academy
Nov 9th: Manchester, O2 Apollo
Nov 11th: Glasgow, Barrowlands
Nov 13th: Newcastle, O2 Academy
Nov 15th: Nottingham, Rock City
Nov 16th: Birmingham, O2 Academy
Nov 17th: Norwich, UAE
Nov 18th: Leeds, O2 Academy
Nov 20th: Brighton, Brighton Dome
Nov 21st: Southampton, O2 Guildhall
Nov 24th: London, Alexandra Palace
Nov 27th: Belfast, Ulster Hall
Tickets are on sale Friday at 9am: www.seetickets.com