Features, Print April 30, 2016

A Rare “Wolf” from London Comes to Red Rocks: Wolf Alice

by Talia Lezama


If you’re lucky enough to have heard the band from North London known as Wolf Alice you know that they are a band of many genres. The uniqueness of both their music and the members themselves will compliment the uniqueness of the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater at the upcoming show on May 2nd with The 1975. With their own distinctive sound, it’s hard to classify Wolf Alice into just one kind of genre. With songs ranging from ‘80s New Wave and punk to grunge, it doesn’t really matter what you might feel they most closely should be classified as, there’s something for everyone.

Frontwoman Ellie Rowsell formed the band in 2010, and since then they have skyrocketed in the music industry. Since 2014, they have been nominated for, and won, many awards including best breakthrough artist at the UK Festival Awards, NME awards for Best Live Band and Best Track for “Giant Peach”. They have even been nominated for a Grammy as well as a Brit award.

Rowsell’s voice ranges from hauntingly serene to confidently powerful. The band brings a fresh and rare sound to the world, one that coincides perfectly with what The 1975 has. It can be expected that seeing Wolf Alice live will be a completely different experience from listening to the recorded album. The four piece group likes to make the live experience special by changing up the sound of certain songs. In particular, they like to make one of their hits “Bros,” a little bit heavier and more upbeat than the recorded version. The combination of sounds of these two bands should make for a rare musical experience on “The Rocks”.


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