10 Minutes With Wolf Alice
Theo Ellis , bassist, opens up about their newest album and their masterpiece- making process.
Tune into this Beautifully Unconventional band
”We don’t force ourselves to write songs ... we have no set way or specific way of working.”
You’ re flying in for Urban sc apes! Is it your first time in Malaysia? Yes, this is our first time there. Is there anything you’ re looking for ward to while you’re here? If I’ m honest, I don’t know much about Malaysia but on Twitter we always get people asking us to come to Malaysia. So I’ m excited to finally come. “Visions Of A Life” won the Mercury Prize for Album Of The Year — congratulations! Thank you; yeah we’ re still riding on t he high of winning and we haven’ t even spoken about it with each other. I think it’ s still a massive thing for us to digest. I didn’t expect it at all. There’ s a little more emotion and energy going on in“Visions Of A Life”. Where was the album born from? I suppose it was a catalogue of different life experiences and events that happened in between the first and second records, made into different stories and different songs. It’ s an amalgamation of those experiences, which were then extrapolated and made into a bit of fantasy as well. Did you work on a ti meline or wait for the inspiration to hit? We don’t force ourselves to write songs. We came off t he road with a good selection of 16 to 20 songs with different ideas and went into a room and played them together and tried to figure out what they were and how we felt about them and to make them better. I think it took about one and a half years to write but then perhaps three months to record t hem all. Do you write lyrics first, then music or the other way around? We have no set way or specific way of working but we just keep it fresh. It changes all the time. It can be lyrics first; it can be music first. What is your personal favourite track f rom the album? I really love St Purple and Green. What inspired the band’s name? It’ s actually a book—it’ s a short story by Angela Carter, part of The Bloody Chamber. Wolf Alice is performing in KL on 10 Nov, at the Unlimited Grooves Festival by U Mobile, Urbanscapes 2018. Flip topage 100 for more event details!
From left: Theo Ellis , Joff Oddie, Ellie Rowsell and Joel Amey of Wolf Alice
Their latest tracks are a transcendental j ourney
The acclaimed North London band
The album artwork for their prize- winning album “Visions Of A Life”