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Top 3 album in the UK. i don't think anyone saw that coming. they sound like Madder Rose to my ears. nice though. is this the bigest indie band of the last few years not to have their own thread?

anyway this one's my fave

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9E-RQgDJcrY

piscesx, Saturday, 4 July 2015 19:36 (two years ago) Permalink

There was talk about starting a dedicated thread in the Rolling 2015 Favorites thread, but it never happened I guess.

I've already made the point a dozen times that I thought the 7" version of "Bros" was one of my favorite indie rock guitar heavy songs of the last few years, and now I'm mad at the band not for re-recording it (it's their song, they can do whatever they want with it even though the new version sucks), but for removing all traces of the superior earlier version from steaming platforms and digital retailers. Eff you, Wolf Alice!

I still haven't listened to the album. Outside of the original "Bros" and "Moaning Lisa Smile," I think they're a band that's pretty long on sounding good but pretty short on writing good songs.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 4 July 2015 19:42 (two years ago) Permalink

Listening now to the album: hmm, okay, some of these songs are really nice. "Freazy" in particular.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 4 July 2015 20:14 (two years ago) Permalink

drummer is fantastic though

Dr X O'Skeleton, Saturday, 4 July 2015 21:48 (two years ago) Permalink

Lately whenever I encounter someone particularly annoying I hear "you're a dodgy fucker as well!" kick around my brain

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Saturday, 4 July 2015 22:28 (two years ago) Permalink

this record is great

insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Sunday, 5 July 2015 02:32 (two years ago) Permalink

this record is fantastic, highlight of the year for me

ciderpress, Sunday, 5 July 2015 03:14 (two years ago) Permalink

Yep.

Better than I expected, better than I hoped.

Mark G, Sunday, 5 July 2015 12:09 (two years ago) Permalink

Bits of this sounded really lumpen and uninspired in the way you expect from basically 100% of hyped Brit rock bands these days but then a song would just suddenly explode into a joyous pop moment. Jury's out but if they could put together an entire album as good as those best bits they'd be incredible.

Matt DC, Sunday, 5 July 2015 12:41 (two years ago) Permalink

if they could put together an entire album as good as those best bits they'd be incredible.

Exactly how I feel, although we might have different ideas about the best bits.

I'm not surprised this charted so high (in the UK). I had been looking forward to this, but I am mostly disappointed. Too much of the material drags excessively (including "Your Loves Whore"). My favorites remain "Giant Peach" and "Moaning Lisa Smile." Maybe "Fluffy." "Turn to Dust" is nice, but I'm on the fence about it. "You're a Germ" is fine, though it seems a bit demo-ish. "Bros" is pretty good, but the earlier version was better, even if I can't remember exactly what it sounded like. I need to listen to this some more, but that's the thing: I'm finding it a bit of a slog.

_Rudipherous_, Sunday, 5 July 2015 19:56 (two years ago) Permalink

There are some good, possibly superior, live/studio live versions of some of these songs on youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_MTHwAp-_Q
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IorLPeOuEuI

_Rudipherous_, Sunday, 5 July 2015 20:19 (two years ago) Permalink

"Freazy" was the one that stood out for me.

Mark G, Sunday, 5 July 2015 22:56 (two years ago) Permalink

lol if anything "giant peach" and "moaning lisa smile" drag the most imo

insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Monday, 6 July 2015 04:11 (two years ago) Permalink

Hate Giant Peach, love Moaning Lisa Smile. ¯\(ツ)/¯

Johnny Fever, Monday, 6 July 2015 04:52 (two years ago) Permalink

You're all wrong.

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 6 July 2015 12:21 (two years ago) Permalink

"your loves whore" is actually probably my favorite song on here, other than the last minute of "swallowtail"

insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Monday, 6 July 2015 12:52 (two years ago) Permalink

Listening to it now, and the thing that strikes me is how it feels like it's barely there, until it shifts gears. around 3:30. A lot of this is down to Roswell's vocal delivery.

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 6 July 2015 13:18 (two years ago) Permalink

I guess the vocals are meant to sound intimately conversational?

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 6 July 2015 13:20 (two years ago) Permalink

that giant peach song rules

kurt kobaïan (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 6 July 2015 13:53 (two years ago) Permalink

Peachy is riffs galore, and I like how it gets all Sonic Youth at around 3:05 (singles version, not the one I linked to above). I also can't help hearing echoes of the Psychedelic Furs' "India" at around 1:15, but that's probably just a personal problem. I hear as much of the 80s in it as the 90s.

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 6 July 2015 14:13 (two years ago) Permalink

I would have preferred if they hadn't made Roswell's vocals on that song sound like the Go-Go's or whatever they are going for there, not that I hate that sound, but her natural vocal sound suits the song better.

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 6 July 2015 14:15 (two years ago) Permalink

I'm listening to the album and it's pretty funny how this is almost structured to divide ILX, but honestly I think it's better for having the pop side and the more trad US underground rock style

kurt kobaïan (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 6 July 2015 15:05 (two years ago) Permalink

I don't think of myself as very rock oriented at all, but I like Wolf Alice better in rocking mode. (Almost everything else I've liked this year has been dance pop, indie pop, hipster pop shit, etc.)

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 6 July 2015 15:11 (two years ago) Permalink

You could have a point in general though. If more of ILX pays any attention to this band, that might become clearer.

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 6 July 2015 15:11 (two years ago) Permalink

So wait there are THREE versions of "Bros?"

Wimmels, Tuesday, 7 July 2015 18:56 (two years ago) Permalink

Oh I guess one of these is a remix of some sort. Not sure where this came from but I have it in my iTunes for some reason. Anyone know where this is from? It's pretty nice...

Wimmels, Tuesday, 7 July 2015 18:59 (two years ago) Permalink

The album cover reminds me of one of those old occult/mediumistic photos.

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 8 July 2015 15:58 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

hadn't twigged the similarity btw this and Moaning Lisa's Smile.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93jsY-YdZ1s

piscesx, Tuesday, 11 August 2015 18:14 (two years ago) Permalink

this was better than I expected it to be; it's a weird record to be so big. No real poppy hooks; also it's not really a standout for the sort of music it is either, but it's pleasant

akm, Wednesday, 12 August 2015 14:04 (two years ago) Permalink

I listened to this a few days ago after seeing how popular they had become and skimming this thread and I didn't expect it to sound the way it did. It reminds me a lot of Belly at their most introspective.

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 12 August 2015 21:32 (two years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

This is really growing on me.

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 17 December 2015 16:43 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Fuck I wish I'd listened to this before I submitted my eoy ballot.

how's life, Monday, 18 January 2016 13:28 (one year ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

#BRITBREAKWOLFALICE

Mark G, Monday, 15 February 2016 09:34 (one year ago) Permalink

http://www.brits.co.uk/british-breakthrough-vote-guide

Mark G, Monday, 15 February 2016 09:35 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

i dig this song!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6vEE3Plk48

scott seward, Saturday, 9 April 2016 01:23 (one year ago) Permalink

i seriously might go buy this album. i love riff rockin' with cool women singers. it must be the veruca salt fan in me.

scott seward, Saturday, 9 April 2016 01:25 (one year ago) Permalink

best video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkghyKKQDss

scott seward, Saturday, 9 April 2016 01:33 (one year ago) Permalink

love this too:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KhC2qNLGd4

scott seward, Saturday, 9 April 2016 01:43 (one year ago) Permalink

this is a great record scott! I hope you like it

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Saturday, 9 April 2016 02:40 (one year ago) Permalink

Some of the live versions of "Giant Peach" are better than the album version, over all. This one for instance:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6-wbuON8Qk

(Although the climax is maybe best in the studio version.)

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 9 April 2016 03:53 (one year ago) Permalink

*overall*

(I am really tired.)

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 9 April 2016 03:57 (one year ago) Permalink

i ordered the CD online. i got the U.S. version which is slightly different than the U.K. version? Just like in the old days.

scott seward, Saturday, 9 April 2016 04:00 (one year ago) Permalink

This is my favorite rock album in awhile.

kornrulez6969, Saturday, 9 April 2016 16:15 (one year ago) Permalink

i had no idea. until the other day.

scott seward, Saturday, 9 April 2016 16:15 (one year ago) Permalink

Really pissed off that I missed out on them last year. They're touring America now, but the only tour stop local to me is at a festival that I can't afford tickets to.

how's life, Saturday, 9 April 2016 17:28 (one year ago) Permalink

They're opening for the 1975 who are apparently playing arenas. How the hell is that happening? Same thing with Alt J, who sold out Madison Square Garden.

kornrulez6969, Saturday, 9 April 2016 22:05 (one year ago) Permalink

they have a sizeable and enthusiastic fanbase

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Saturday, 9 April 2016 22:25 (one year ago) Permalink

i mean i too was surprised but they were selling out everything beneath arenas

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Saturday, 9 April 2016 22:27 (one year ago) Permalink

i even love their cover of wicked game.

scott seward, Sunday, 10 April 2016 14:01 (one year ago) Permalink

sounds so cool. they make it the guitar anthem it was meant to be.

scott seward, Sunday, 10 April 2016 14:02 (one year ago) Permalink

this too. this video gave me chills the other night. so pretty.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_QBC_pDkeU

scott seward, Monday, 11 April 2016 14:24 (one year ago) Permalink

I like some of the non-rock songs on the album, but a lot of them feel like filler and are difficult for me to make it through. "Freazy" is one of the better ones. I also like "Turn to Dust" (though I'm always a little ambivalent about her mannered delivery there). "Bros" is okay. A little too much like the Sundays. I wish I had a copy of the earlier version Johnny Fever keeps mentioning, since I liked it better though I don't remember exactly what it sounded like at this point. I don't really like the low-energy vocals on most of "Your Loves Whore."

Songs that really lose me: "Lisbon" (and wait, this one is pretty rock), "Silk" (I just realized part of this reminds me of MIA) although I feel like there are various pieces here I could like if they were rearranged, "Swallowtail" (this is what happens when you give someone else a chance to sing), "Soapy Water," and "The Wonderwhy."

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 11 April 2016 15:38 (one year ago) Permalink

"lisbon" is prob my favorite song!

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Monday, 11 April 2016 15:54 (one year ago) Permalink

also imo you can't be too much like the sundays

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Monday, 11 April 2016 15:55 (one year ago) Permalink

lol i think you listed all my favorite songs from this record. "soapy water" is so gorgeous

HYPERLINK TO RAP GENIUS (BradNelson), Monday, 11 April 2016 15:56 (one year ago) Permalink

swallowtail is so gorgeous

ciderpress, Monday, 11 April 2016 16:45 (one year ago) Permalink

soapy water is a standout to me too

ciderpress, Monday, 11 April 2016 16:45 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

They just posted that they're going to be on the new Ghostbusters soundtrack. No idea if it's going to be an older song or something new though.

how's life, Friday, 3 June 2016 14:53 (one year ago) Permalink

three months pass...

giant peach into blush. so good. starts at 30:00. i'm like a deadhead for wolf alice. always looking for the best giant peach. this one rules.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ap61CXBy-d8

scott seward, Sunday, 11 September 2016 18:10 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I was just listening to part of that Thursday night. Some good stuff, but the songs I found draggy on the album I still find draggy. Didn't get as far as Giant Peach, so I might return to it.

_Rudipherous_, Sunday, 11 September 2016 19:17 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Are you talking about a live album or something?

kornrulez6969, Sunday, 11 September 2016 20:59 (eleven months ago) Permalink

No, I meant the studio album.

_Rudipherous_, Sunday, 11 September 2016 21:45 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Ha I was using the zing app which didn't show this video. Now I see it.

This band is great.

kornrulez6969, Sunday, 11 September 2016 22:49 (eleven months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eoO4JGr_FM

how's life, Sunday, 16 October 2016 16:12 (ten months ago) Permalink

five months pass...
one month passes...

Possible new album news?

COMING SOON
SIGN UP BELOW
Xhttps://t.co/tveSixMztO pic.twitter.com/Rwlmd4GtIq

— wolf alice (@wolfalicemusic) May 4, 2017

how's life, Monday, 8 May 2017 13:42 (three months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Anyone else get a postcard?

http://www.nme.com/news/music/wolf-alice-announce-new-single-yuk-foo-2082025

how's life, Friday, 2 June 2017 16:57 (two months ago) Permalink

Not yet.

Mark G, Friday, 2 June 2017 17:17 (two months ago) Permalink

New song should be up in about half an hour.

YUK FOO. TODAY. 7PM BST @AnnieMac @BBCR1 https://t.co/vqcSnl2UEl pic.twitter.com/Glsr1MJpEa

— wolf alice (@wolfalicemusic) June 12, 2017

how's life, Monday, 12 June 2017 17:23 (two months ago) Permalink

http://www.nme.com/news/music/wolf-alice-announce-new-single-album-and-uk-and-world-tour-2087538

Badass. Tour starts next month!

how's life, Monday, 12 June 2017 18:40 (two months ago) Permalink

produced by Justin Meldal-Johnson, brad is gonna die

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Monday, 12 June 2017 18:42 (two months ago) Permalink

AAAAAAAH

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Monday, 12 June 2017 18:43 (two months ago) Permalink

no Toronto date :/

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Monday, 12 June 2017 18:45 (two months ago) Permalink

song is potentially the hardest thing they've ever put out

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Monday, 12 June 2017 18:47 (two months ago) Permalink

it's fun and seems like an ideal taster in advance of whatever the "pop" single will be

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Monday, 12 June 2017 18:48 (two months ago) Permalink

Boring.

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 12 June 2017 22:13 (two months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtUOH4xoP-I

how's life, Wednesday, 5 July 2017 16:22 (one month ago) Permalink

this band is extremely good

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Wednesday, 5 July 2017 16:32 (one month ago) Permalink

yes

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 5 July 2017 16:33 (one month ago) Permalink

Hmm, noted...

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 5 July 2017 16:36 (one month ago) Permalink

the only new rock band i like really. or listen to. well, maybe savages too. but that is kinda linked to my worship of their singer.

scott seward, Wednesday, 5 July 2017 16:47 (one month ago) Permalink

although rufus is slowly but surely making me a car seat headrest fan...

scott seward, Wednesday, 5 July 2017 16:49 (one month ago) Permalink

can't face hearing this in case it's crap.

piscesx, Wednesday, 5 July 2017 17:04 (one month ago) Permalink

it's good!

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Wednesday, 5 July 2017 17:06 (one month ago) Permalink

this band rules

Unchanging Window (Ross), Wednesday, 5 July 2017 19:05 (one month ago) Permalink

can't face hearing this in case it's crap.

This band is so all over the map that if you don't like one thing they release, just wait a week and you might like the next one.

(I liked "Yuk Foo," but this is kinda boring imo.)

(And I'm still mad at them for pulling down the original version of "Bros" from all platforms.)

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Wednesday, 5 July 2017 23:31 (one month ago) Permalink

Yeah they're all over the map for sure, JF otm

I like when they're doing a mash of shoegaze and grunge but when that dude sings, ugh

Unchanging Window (Ross), Wednesday, 5 July 2017 23:38 (one month ago) Permalink

"swallowtail" rules, dude or no

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Wednesday, 5 July 2017 23:48 (one month ago) Permalink

probably should re-listen, Brad

Silk is my favourite Wolf Alice track, which is kind of an outlier?

Unchanging Window (Ross), Thursday, 6 July 2017 00:11 (one month ago) Permalink

both this and "Yuk Foo" are pretty good, but the thing is given that every Wolf Alice song I have heard sounds like the work of a different band, I never think to listen to them because I have no internal sense of how they sound.

sick, fucking funny, and well tasty (katherine), Thursday, 6 July 2017 15:03 (one month ago) Permalink

i mean, i feel like they sorta have three modes: aggressive and sludgy, dreamy and shimmery, and the few songs that occupy the center of that venn diagram ("your loves whore"/"lisbon"?). what surprised me about my love is cool is that it still seemed to maintain an individual sensibility even as it careened between these styles?

lol and even as i'm saying all of this i don't think your impression is wrong katherine

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Thursday, 6 July 2017 15:19 (one month ago) Permalink

OK this is more like it. I did not like the Yuk Foo song. That first album is a stone classic, one of the very best guitar records in years.

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 6 July 2017 15:25 (one month ago) Permalink

it still seemed to maintain an individual sensibility even as it careened between these styles

Yeah, the stylistic shifts were jarring to me at first, especially Swallowtail and Freazy. But I grew to like the whole thing pretty quickly. The variety makes it work well as an album.

how's life, Thursday, 6 July 2017 15:42 (one month ago) Permalink

i feel like they sorta have three modes: aggressive and sludgy, dreamy and shimmery, and the few songs that occupy the center of that venn diagram ("your loves whore"/"lisbon"?).

Was just going to say something like this, though I hadn't figured out how to describe their modes. I don't think their is such outrageous variety in their work at all. The latest song sounds of a piece with similar tracks on their first album. I like it much better than Yuk Foo, but not sure how much I like it as such.

Louie Ramirez y Sus Blechos (_Rudipherous_), Thursday, 6 July 2017 17:02 (one month ago) Permalink

at least half of their template for the last album seemed to be "shutterbug" by veruca salt and i think this explains why i like them so much.

scott seward, Thursday, 6 July 2017 18:25 (one month ago) Permalink

prefer the demo of Your Love's Whore to the album version but I get why they re-calibrated it for the album

Unchanging Window (Ross), Saturday, 8 July 2017 20:24 (one month ago) Permalink

Lollaalooza 2016 video kicking my ass - not since Queens or Pj has a band rocked my ass off so much

Unchanging Window (Ross), Sunday, 9 July 2017 05:32 (one month ago) Permalink

I had tickets to see them at Rock and Roll Hotel (a 400 capacity venue) on Friday night and had to sell them at the last minute because something came up. Hopefully they'll come back in 2018 and play 9:30 club or something.

how's life, Sunday, 9 July 2017 12:13 (one month ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

obligatory Zane Lowe interview is up on Beats1 now, which I don't have access to, but usually they repost on youtube within a day or so.

https://www.facebook.com/wolfalicemusic/photos/a.587979837917999.1073741825.156582101057777/1377229045659737/?type=3&theater

how's life, Wednesday, 2 August 2017 17:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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