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.