By Ryan Kluge
Prior to the release of their debut album My Love is Cool, London-based band Wolf Alice tours the US in many major cities. I had the opportunity to see them perform at the Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix, Arizona.
Supporting Wolf Alice was alt-rock four-piece band Gateway Drugs. They did an excellent job at setting the mood for the rest of the evening. Their performance was loud, melodic, and promoted the use of feedback and noise in a way that showed influence from punk rock and shoegaze.
Wolf Alice takes the stage and delivers an absolutely stunning performance. With upbeat and heavier songs surrounding the more mellow, lighter songs of the set, there was a good deal of dynamics to the show. The performance itself was highly entertaining as the band showed no lack of energy and emotion while displaying immaculate musicianship. Throughout the show, all four members of the band were moving around and dancing with exuberant confidence, especially bassist Theo Ellis, as they performed. Singer Ellie Roswell simultaneously sang and played electric guitar for each song and exhibited a very kind demeanor and constantly engaged with the audience between songs.
The set included a fair amount of new material that will be featured on My Love is Cool, but certainly did not leave out the songs that nearly everyone in the crowd knew. It was honestly surprising to me how involved the crowd became as songs like one of their singles “Moaning Lisa Smile” was played.
Personally, I felt that the performance of Wolf Alice was one of the best and most entertaining that I have been to in a very long time. It was pleasing to witness the up-and-coming band’s first performance in the valley and will certainly not be the last.
As mentioned earlier, the band will be releasing their debut album My Love is Cool on June 23 and it is an album you absolutely do not want to miss.