Drawing comparisons to everyone from Hole to Smashing Pumpkins, Wolf Alice are very hard to pigeonhole. While some songs lean towards folk, others lean towards grunge, dance music or indie-rock, making Wolf Alice one of the most fluid bands of recent years.
The embryonic band comprised of Ellie Rowsell, Joff Oddie and two acoustic guitars. Their folksy sensibilities were given a rock fillip when bassist Theo Ellis and Joel Amey joined the duo.
The first single, Fluffy, is anything but that. Mean, moody and with ‘90s-grunge-style guitar work, you can hear all their influences at work at once. The follow-up, Bros, might be the same band, but it doesn’t sound like it. Veering through pop, rock and Cocteau-Twins-style melodies, it’s simultaneously catchy and introspective.
Wolf Alice remains one of music’s most exciting bands, with no such thing as anentry-level song. Whichever you listen to, there’s always another direction to follow.