After ‘Fluffy’ quickly became one of the crowd favourites, it comes as no surprise that Wolf Alice’s new E.P ‘Creature Songs’ follows in a similar vain if not a hell of a lot tighter.
Ten-seconds, thats all you need. Those first few seconds of acoustic guitar next followed by a sudden surge of overdrive giving the track a persona with more attitude. Wolf Alice are truly showing their grunge colours with opener ‘Moaning Lisa Smile’ and boy have they tightened up since that old favourite ‘Fluffy.’ This is the most infectious track on the E.P, having a two fingers to the world attitude, losing your inhibitions is a must! When that hook drops, you drop that beer, that overdrive charges, you lose your mind and jump in circle pit or two. “Its out of control.” sings front woman Ellie Rowesel.
With ‘Storms’ following in similar vain, it shows the quartet have crafted this track resulting in another head banging notion. However ‘Storms’ comes across as something which could quiet easily be put as a B-side, yet true to Wolf Alice’s unique style, it will still get that quiet girl in the corner up and moving.
Pulling on the melodies from your past, casting a nostalgic mist upon the lyrics calling, echoing; “Time to die, time to kill, time will fly, time will heal All for love, all for you, God’s a judge, love is true” Evoking such emotions through this stripped back track shows that Wolf Alice can produce beautiful, subtle melodies keeping the listeners under Ellie Rowesel’s spell.
The last sort of ballad we had heard from the band was ‘Leaving You’ in 2012. Now we are served with the aptly named ‘Heavenly Creatures’ evoking emotions in this down tempo track showing that Wolf Alice can indeed produce beautiful subtle melodies, keeping the listeners under Ellie Rowesel’s spell. A track which pulls on the melodies from your past casting a nostalgic mist with lyrics calling, echoing; “Time to die, time to kill, time will fly, time will heal All for love, all for you, God’s a judge, love is true”
Finally floating on these beats, easing you into sedation, Wolf Alice lead you into the final track ‘We’re Not the Same’ allowing the two polarising sounds to intertwine together, balancing the beauty of slower and the heavier grunge. Evidently stronger than the previous E.P Blush, Wolf Alice have made significant advancements with their sound, not having a single track out of place. This consistent progress within the band holds promise for future material and the inevitable debut LP.
See Wolf Alice;
June 28th – Glastonbury
July4th – Blissfields
July 5th – Hyde Park
July 11th – T in the Park
July 12th – 2000 Trees
July 18th – Melt
July 19th – Beat Shed
July 25th – Secret Garden Party
August 17th – Dockville
August 23rd -Reading
August 24th – Leeds
August 3st – Electric Picnic
September 7th – Bestival