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Wolf Alice - As Beautiful As The Moon

A very happy me hanging out with Wolf Alice. Photograph Copyright © 2015 Alexander Chow-Stuart.

Wolf Alice are playing the Roxy in LA tonight and, given this very late notice and the fact that they're rightfully sold out, do whatever it takes to get in and see them!

Wolf Alice at The Independent in San Francisco. Photograph Copyright © 2015 Alexander Chow-Stuart.

They are the single most exciting band I have heard in a very long time, and seeing them - and briefly meeting them - last week at their gig at The Independent in San Francisco only reinforced my mounting excitement about Ellie Rowsell's beautiful voice, the band's equally beautiful and totally dynamic music, and the explosion of sound, energy and sheer joy they create.

Ellie Rowsell of Wolf Alice. Photograph Copyright © 2015 Alexander Chow-Stuart. 

Just check out this YouTube video of their single Giant Peach, from their upcoming debut album, My Love Is Cool (Available to pre-order now on iTunes:, for a taste of their energy:

A London-based British band, with folk-pop origins (though you might not guess it from Giant Peach) and a name from an Angela Carter story, Wolf Alice is at a point in their musical development where it's just getting better and better.

The punk energy and authenticity of The Clash is present just as much as the beautiful melodies of Jesus and Mary Chain, and with their supremely confident and engaging stage presence, the sound is simply unique. 

Along with Ellie Rowsell, the band comprises co-founder Joff Oddie (guitar), Joel Amey (drums) and Theo Ellis (bass). Based on my very brief chat with them after the show, they are totally unspoiled by the huge wave of success that is breaking around them, and are genuinely one of the friendliest bands I've ever met.

Ellie Rowsell in action. Photograph Copyright © 2015 Alexander Chow-Stuart.  

The sound on my Instagram video clips is appalling, but hopefully captures at least a little of the sense I had of seeing a truly major band be born - a band that very soon will be filling stadiums but, just as importantly, offering new musical surprises.

A video posted by Alexander Chow-Stuart (@tranquilbuddha) on

A video posted by Alexander Chow-Stuart (@tranquilbuddha) on

A video posted by Alexander Chow-Stuart (@tranquilbuddha) on

For a little more background on the band, try this interview from WWD at South By Southwest with Ellie Rowsell - and this piece from The Guardian.

Wolf Alice's upcoming tour dates are here:

And please follow me @tranquilbuddha on Instagram!

HUGE thanks to my friends Andy Thomas and John Haskett (mixing the band's sound quite beautifully on tour) for hooking me up with Wolf Alice.


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