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Their debut album My Love Is Cool was only released just under a year ago, but Wolf Alice have been taking the world by storm and ingraining their grunge-rock sound into the minds of everyone that crosses their path ever since. After walking away from this years NME Awards with the gong for Best Live Band, hysteria has continued to grow around the North London band, and Wolf Alice’s performance at Portsmouth Pyramid Centre proves exactly why they won.
As the foursome emerge through thick dry ice, Wolf Alice own the stage, leaving the crowd transfixed, and it’s evident that this band are where they belong. Starting gracefully with the angelic ‘Your Love’s Whore’, the band storm swiftly through fan favourites including ‘You’re A Germ’, ‘Freazy’ and ‘Bros’, setting a perfect pace for the evening and creating a frantically hyped crowd that lap up the bands energy.
The evening takes a more peaceful turn as the band take time to thank the crowd for being here before playing the more mellow ‘Silk’ and ‘Swallowtail’, of which the latter features drummer Joel Amey’s wispy dream-like vocals. But the real stand-outs of the night come courtesy of ‘90 Mile Beach’, ‘Blush’ and ‘Storms’ which demonstrate the immense vocal capabilities of singer Ellie Rowsell. Switching between delicate choir-girl and grunge shrieks effortlessly, Rowsell proves the ultimate front-woman reminiscent of the 1990s Riot Grrrl era.
Half way through the bands set, guitarist Joff Oddie suffers technical difficulties which would have remained unknown to the audience had Oddie not apologised profusely. However, in a true testament to the bands greatness, the hitch instead added magic to the show, showing the pure talent the band possess.
When Rowsell gave Oddie her guitar towards the end of the evening to solve the issue, the singer really came into her own, jumping into the crowd. “We’re gonna do this one punk-style Portsmouth!” shouts bassist Theo Ellis before the band launch into last song of the night, ‘Giant Peach’. As Rowsell crowd surfs and Ellis dances, it is quite clear just why Wolf Alice are getting the recognition they deserve and why they are set to be the greatest band of the 21st century.
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