Sunday, July 26, 2015

It has already been a week of Splendour In The Grass sideshows craziness (with more still to come). Tonight UK grunge rockers Wolf Alice had the opportunity to show off what they’ve got and why their star is rising. 2014 was a massive year for them, having released their critically acclaimed single ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’ - consequently seeing them explode onto the scene. 2015 has also been a massive year for them, having just released their debut album My Love Is Cool only in June, and it has already been hailed as one of the best albums to be released this year. Therefore, anticipation going into the night was massive.

They opened their set with ‘She’, which happens to be from one of their earlier EPs entitled Blush. The electronic nature of the track provided a great opener and slight chance for crowd members to warm up their mosh pit muscles. Though much of their material is still only considered new, the crowd showed their newer material just as much love as their older stuff. This included the very grungy ‘You’re A Germ’ - the beastly track set Oxford Art Factory on fire. Another new track that seemed to very popular with their fans included ‘Your Loves Whore’ - though it isn’t one of their mosht mosh friendly tracks, it is still incredibly rock and grunge (true to their style), just a much mild form of their heavier stuff that is always popular. It allowed the crowd a moment to have a bit go a sway as opposed to jumping around like they’re on bouncy pogo sticks. The true highlight from their incredible set was when they played ‘Blush’ - an old favourite from their earlier material - and transitioned into Chris Issac’s iconic tune ‘Wicked Games’. Though we’ve all heard the track over a million times (and seen the music video over a billion times), Wolf Alice’s version was both innovative and breathtaking to listen to and witness live.

Overall their set was both dynamic and catered to all types of rock fans - whether you enjoy rock tunes to mosh around to or rock that leaves you still due to it’s brilliance. With their status rising, it is exciting to see where they’re talent takes them next.

Written by Sally Swan

Featuring: Bad//Dreems

Photographer: Joshua Pike