With every new music drop, it feels as though Wolf Alice couldn’t possibly get any better. Then, they do another album and deliver something that’s once again surprising, innovative, and ridiculously special. Magic.
Words: Jamie Muir. Photos: Jono White.
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It’s July 2021, and Wolf Alice are getting ready for an intimate headline show in Bournemouth. In any other year, the fact that Ellie, Theo, Joel and Joff are pulling into another town for another sold-out night wouldn’t exactly be a shocker. Over the past decade, they’ve gone about becoming one of the most essential and beloved British bands. Grandstand ambition, an insatiable creative streak that’s expanded their world of alternative hooks and dreams all while holding on to the core sense that they’re ‘one of us’, has made them bonafide modern greats. Throwing in the fact that their latest album, ‘Blue Weekend’, has been out for nearly seven weeks at this point, and you’ve got the pretty understandable feeling that what Bournemouth will see tonight is another jaw-dropping headline moment.
Things are different, though. Wolf Alice’s first full-on gig in nearly two years, for most gathered, it’s their first non-socially-distanced gig since early 2020, too. Oh, and the next night, Wolf Alice will…