INTERVIEW: WOLF ALICE

With the band gearing up for a packed autumn on the road  in America, Japan and Europe, including a full UK tour in September, the extended scope of “You’re A Germ” is the spark that will help their already incendiary live show burn even brighter. Following their insane collaboration at Glastonbury, Wolf Alice have announced that Drenge will be supporting them on their upcoming UK and US tour. And they will be stopping off at Glasgow’s 02 ABC on their way! The London quartet have definitely had a successful year, having been named Best Breakthrough Artists at the UK Festival Awards and one of iTunes Artists for 2014.

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AS A GLASWEGIAN, I FIND WE ARE CONSTANTLY PRAISED AT GIGS FOR OUR ENTHUSIASTIC RESPONSES TO ARTISTS PLAYING HERE IN SCOTLAND – BUT HOW MUCH OF THAT IS TRUE? FROM YOUR OWN EXPERIENCES, WHERE IN THE WORLD HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO PERFORM IN, AND WHY? [NO PRESSURE …]

Yes I think Glasgow, now that people are more familiar with our music has been one of the best places for us to play in terms of enthusiasm. The chanting! It’s great! That kinda vocal enthusiasm is similar to certain places in America which always spurs us on and makes things exciting.

HAILING FROM CAMDEN TOWN – AN AREA WHICH YOU HAVE MENTIONED HAS LITTLE GOING ON FOR IT CULTURALLY AT THE MOMENT – IN WHAT WAYS DO YOU FEEL WOLF ALICE ARE INSPIRING UP-AND-COMING CREATIVES NOT TO BE LIMITED BY THEIR SURROUNDINGS?

It’s hard to say cause we are based in
London and our surroundings aren’t really limited in terms of creativity, we can go to a gig for free most nights of the week, art galleries, museums, parks are just a short bus ride away etc – but inspiration can come from all different kinds of things, internal and external so no one should be limited to their surroundings when it comes to writing songs no matter where they are, and in terms of getting stuff out there and learning new things we have the Internet!

BEING A BAND WITH A CLEAR RESPECT FOR FICTION AND THE LIMITLESS POWERS OF THE IMAGINATION, MY LOVE IS COOL IS SET TO HAVE LISTENERS HITTING HIGHS, BATTLING THEIR DEMONS AND ARISING FROM THE ASHES AS SUPERHEROES IN AN EPIC STORYBOOK CONCLUSION – ALL IN ONE SITTING! WHY DO YOU VALUE ‘THE STORY’ WITHIN YOUR MUSIC? AND HOW DOES HAVING THEATRE IN YOUR ALBUM DISTINGUISH IT FROM EXHAUSTIVE POP MUSIC?

I guess I value the story in songwriting because when you try and write as many songs as possible there are only so many times you can exhaust the same subject matter. There are only so many love songs you can write etc., so you have to look in other places for other stories, or you’ll end up writing the same song a million times. It’s cool to see a song the same way as a book but just set to music and finished in 3 minutes!

YOUR ALBUM IS COMPLETE – DONE, DUSTED, AND BEING BOUGHT AND HEARD! LOOKING BACK NOW, IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WOULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY OR WILL DO DIFFERENTLY FOR FUTURE ALBUMS?

There’s nothing I would’ve done differently for our first album, but I know there will be things we are gonna do differently for the second.

WHAT’S IT LIKE BEING ON THE ROAD IN A BAND; TOUCHING DOWN FOR WHAT MIGHT FEEL LIKE MINI, MOMENTARY CULTURE EXPLOSIONS, ALL OVER THE WORLD?

It’s pretty insane and I still haven’t quite got my head around it. We try to embrace the culture of each place as much as we can but its hard when you’re only in one place for an evening – but we like to meet and hang out with new people from new places and eat a token dish – that’s always a good one.

HOW DO YOU FEEL “MY LOVE IS COOL”, IN ITS QUIRKY AND EMOTIONAL GLORY, FITS INTO THIS NEWLYAWAKENED WORLD THAT IS BECOMING MORE ACCEPTING OF JUST BEING DIFFERENT?

I have no idea and not sure it’s my place to say. Perhaps it’s honesty is a product of all our sharing, all telling society we have, what
now with social media. I don’t think we held anything back or felt self conscious about any of the songs we put on the album, and I think that may be partly down to the more accepting of being different world you’re speaking about.

YOU’RE PERFORMING AT SOME OF THE UK’S MOST OUTSTANDING MUSIC FESTIVALS THIS SUMMER; HOW DOES THE FESTIVAL CROWD DIFFER FROM A VENUE CONCERT? DO YOU THRIVE BEING LISTED ALONGSIDE OTHER MUSIC GREATS OR DOES THIS HAVE THE OPPOSITE EFFECT?

Festival experiences are for the most part really exciting, the opportunity to play to thousands of people, get new fans and play alongside some of your fave bands, old and new, but nothing beats a sweaty intimate headline show with people who have taken their own time and money to see you specifically.

YOU’RE COMING TO GLASGOW’S 02 ABC IN SEPTEMBER! WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE SCOTTISH DELICACY TO INDULGE IN WHILE YOU’RE HERE?

We always have a Scottish breakfast at Oran Mor it’s delicious.

FINALLY, WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUNG STUDENTS WITH A GOAL IN MIND WHO MAY FEEL LIMITED BY THEIR LOCATION, CONFIDENCE OR INSECURITIES?

You only live once (yolo)

Feature image:http://www.npr.org/sections/world-cafe/2015/07/07/420835667/wolf-alice-on-world-café198

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