Wolf Alice are a bunch of characters. Ellie Rowsell plays the effortlessly visceral frontwoman onstage, but is quietly polite off it hoping to “not sound wanky” in interviews. Theo Ellis is the suave punk bassist, unapologetic about the dodgy tattoos he gets to kill time when bored on tour. His latest is a a black rectangle which is supposed to resemble a pint of Guinness. Guitarist Joff Oddie is the insular romantic, picking out folk tunes on an acoustic backstage then noodling the hell out of his solos when the lights go up. Last but not least, drummer and one half of a rhythmic bromance with Theo, Joel Amey provides the life and soul of the party. Joel is incapable of doing anything besides music. He collects oddball trinkets to decorate his chest like some 1970s road dog.
Together Wolf Alice form a gang of loveable jerks who have spent the past two years together chasing adventure, learning how to craft songs, playing them red raw and having the best time you possibly could in your early 20s, more often than not in the silly, unpretentious “museum” of Camden Town. “There's so little going on for Camden culturally at the moment,” jokes Theo. Ellie: “It's not cool. It's also not cool to say it's not cool because like, yeah, nobody disagrees.” Announcing themselves at the start of 2013 with the wallop of 'Fluffy', they've built a diverse canon of belters, evolving their sound and providing music lovers with a bit of everything on the Blush (2013) and Creature Songs (2014) EPs from indie ballads and folk-y anthems to grunge screamers and big poppy choruses.