10 Min­utes With Wolf Alice

Theo El­lis , bassist, opens up about their new­est al­bum and their mas­ter­piece- mak­ing process.

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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”

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