Having released their new album ‘Visions of a Life’ at the end of September, Wolf Alice have taken to the road with a string of UK dates and tonight they were in Newcastle. Following up on their fantastic debut album in 2015, ‘Visions of a Life’ continues that journey of alternative, indie rock and blows away fans just as their debut did.
While it was a cold November night in Newcastle, the Academy was far from chilly as Wolf Alice were playing to a virtually sold-out crowd. Who needs central heating when you have a couple of thousand people packed into an intimate venue? My hoody/denim jacket combo might have been a mistake.
Among the darkness, Wolf Alice took to the stage, picked up their guitars and kicked things off with ferocity. Opening tracks included ‘Heavenward’, ‘Yuk Foo’, ‘You’re a Germ’ and ‘Your loves Whore’, with the crowd creating a sea of chaos which lead singer, Ellie Rowsell, clearly appreciated as she thanked the crowd throughout for their wild appreciation of the songs.
The set was a great mix of both albums including the later released EPs. Songs like ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’ and ‘Giant Peach’ made an appearance towards the end of the set and ensured that gig-goers continued to be fuelled by adrenaline. The night got intimate when the band played tracks ‘Silk’ and ‘Don’t Delete the Kisses’. And for a band to have such a range of music to perform shows real skill from such young musicians.
Wolf Alice didn’t have a great deal of interaction with the crowd but they didn’t have to as their music is so strong and loud that it speaks for them. The lyrics are meaningful and you can see how much it means to the band to be playing in front of their fans. Could you really ask any more of a band?