WOLF ALICE

by Dan Prince July 2016 LIFESTYLE Read in PDF format N10/2016
WOLF ALICE THE LOVECHILD OF FOLK AND GRUNGE HIT IBIZA WITH THEIR BEAUTIFUL MELANCHOLY VOCALS. WE CHECK IN WITH FRONTWOMAN ELLIE ROWSELL WHOSE VOICE HAS TAKEN THE WORLD BY STORM

Rumour has it that September’s show at Ibiza Rocks will be your first time on the white isle – what have you heard about our little island?

“We’ve had a few friends play Ibiza Rocks before and we were very jealous – it looks super fun as well very beautiful. We are coming down a day early especially to explore, eat some delicious food and bask in the sun and sea.”

The show will mark the end of the promotional campaign for your debut album ‘My Love Is Cool’ – what a 12 months you have had.

“Our first album tour was a momentous occasion for us, especially when we played Brixton Academy. Reading and Latitude were super fun last festival season too and getting to tour America multiple times was an absolute dream come true.”

How much of a thrill was it being nominated for an Ivor Novello Award this year for ‘Bros’ in the ‘Best Song Musically And Lyrically’ category?

“I’m happy that the song has resonated with people. It’s a simple honest song and it was flattering to see recognised at something like the Ivors.”

You began as a ‘folky’ duo in 2010, growing into a totally refreshing quartet. Has it been an easy ride to the top? What have been some of biggest hurdles you have had to overcome?

“It’s been a steady journey to where we are now. It’s easy to compare yourself and your success to other bands and that can be frustrating, but as long as you don’t rush anything and do what feels right and keep your passion for writing and performing at the heart of every decision then you can’t do much wrong.”

Who were the bands you wanted to be in growing up?

“I always thought The Black Lips looked like a good band to be in – their shows were so fun and very plug-in-and-play without distracting from the brilliant songwriting.”

You have recently been bemoaning the low amount of women in the music industry – are things changing?

“I think things will change if people speak up about their issues, whatever they are. The music industry is constantly changing in many aspects and hopefully a change in the outdated, unequal mould will be one too.”

Where are you at with new material and when can we expect to hear it?

“Not until next year some time – we are always writing and hoping to knuckle down and record some new material this winter.”

You are a lady among lads. What are some of their worst habits?

“Ha ha! I’m pretty sure I’ve seen everyone pick their nose and eat it at one point. Except me, of course.”

WOLF ALICE play Ibiza Rocks on 14 September 

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