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THE FIRST TIME EL­LIE Rowsell from Wolf Alice ap­peared on the cover of NME was waaaay back in Oc­to­ber 2013. It was a part of our Young Bri­tan­nia fea­ture, where we cham­pi­oned some of the finest up-and-com­ing Bri­tish artists of the time, in­clud­ing Palma Vi­o­lets, Child­hood, Charli XCX, Joanna Grue­some, Daniel Avery and Fat White Fam­ily. Need­less to say, some have had a lot more suc­cess than oth­ers… (Daniel Avery? Any­one? Any­one?)

It’s tes­ta­ment to their true grit and tal­ent that Wolf Alice haven’t just sur­vived the last four years but have ac­tively thrived, evolv­ing from a knock­about in­die group into a highly politi­cised, deeply in­tel­li­gent and hugely am­bi­tious band. The new al­bum isn’t out un­til the end of Septem­ber, but we’ve been lucky enough to have it in the of­fice for a while and it’s gen­uinely as bril­liant as we all hoped it would be.

As ever, Septem­ber is a huge month for new al­bums, with big ones on the way from Queens Of The Stone Age, En­ter Shikari, The Hor­rors, LCD Soundsys­tem and The Killers. After a cou­ple of weeks away it seems like I’ve picked a good time to get back into the ac­tion.

Mike Wil­liams

Ed­i­tor-in-chief

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