Sometimes a band starts in one direction before making a beneficial mid-course correction. Ellie Rowsell and Joff Oddie began playing together as an acoustic act in '10.
Their name, Wolf Alice, was derived from a short story by Angela Carter that "explored the journey towards self-awareness from the perspective of a feral child."
The North London duo made the decision to go electric, adding a bassist and drummer. When Wolf Alice's drummer broke his wrist, Joel Amey was recruited as a temporary replacement, who became permanent. Meanwhile, the group's bassist left to focus on her studies and was replaced by Theo Ellis.
With the line-up dialed in, the singles "Fluffy" and "Bros" and the EPs "Blush" and "Creature Songs" resulted. The latter led to Wolf Alice being named the "Best Breakthrough Artist" at the '14 UK Festival Awards.
Wolf Alice's sound was described as "off-kilter Indie Rock" and the "lovechild of Folk and Grunge." The group preferred the term "Rocky Pop."
Their full-length debut, "My Love Is Cool," dropped in '15 and landed in the U.K. Top 10. The set featured a reworked version of fan favorite "Bros" and "Moaning Lisa Smile," which peaked at #9 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart.
2015 My Love Is Cool
2014 Creature Songs