WOLF ALICE

Be­fore tak­ing to the stage for a storm­ing postawards gig, the Lon­don quar­tet picked up the prize for Best Live Act. Line up the Jäger­bombs!

Q (UK) - - The Kinks - Pre­sen­ter: Emily Eavis

How do you feel to have beaten Liam Gal­lagher and Tay­lor Swift? El­lie Rowsell: That list was pretty men­tal! It’s great. Joff Od­die: We tour so much. We pride our­selves qui­etly – not that qui­etly, be­cause I am telling you – on be­ing a proper band. When you go and see a Wolf Alice show, it’s just the four of us play­ing. There’s no hid­den peo­ple play­ing be­hind closed doors, no back­ing track, it’s just us. Tay­lor Swift has a lot of large in­flat­able snakes on her tour. What large in­flat­able an­i­mals should the next Wolf Alice tour have? ER: I’d just have large in­flat­able ver­sions of our­selves, I think. JO: Just of me, I think. Four of me. When you won the Mer­cury Prize you did an im­pres­sive domino line of Jäger­bombs. Any sim­i­lar al­co­holic stunts planned for later? ER: Luck­ily, we’re just around the cor­ner from The Haw­ley Arms where we did that, so we’ll prob­a­bly just have round two. Didn’t you fly to Aus­tralia the next day? How was that with the hang­overs? ER: It was kind of a bless­ing in dis­guise be­cause I slept the whole jour­ney. Theo El­lis: I had the worst time of my life. It was fine though, we’d won a Mer­cury. We had noth­ing to com­plain about. You’re tour­ing un­til Christ­mas – you’ve been on the road for about 18 months. How do you stay sane? ER: Luck­ily, this time around we’ve been

go­ing to loads of new places so it’s been re­ally fresh. I guess – you don’t! TE: You just fix it when you get to the end of it. When I met you for Q in Seat­tle last sum­mer, Theo, you walked up and said, “I’ve just got a new tat­too in the stu­pid­est place.” Have you had more since? TE: Yeah, I have… I got Vi­sions Of A Life tat­tooed on my arm and my girl­friend’s birth­day on my ribs. El­lie, did you get your fin­ger pierced?! You posted a pic­ture on Twit­ter. ER: No, that was a joke. TE: There were ru­mours that El­lie was get­ting mar­ried. Quite sick, though! ER: I just googled “most hor­rific en­gage­ment rings” and that came up. You were at the Mu­sic Venues Day event this morn­ing: peo­ple ex­pect bands that have played Alexan­dra Palace to just keep play­ing big­ger venues, but it’s al­ways been im­por­tant to you to keep play­ing smaller ones. ER: With­out them, the mu­sic in­dus­try would be­come even less of a level play­ing field. They pro­vide op­por­tu­nity, of which we to­tally took ad­van­tage. It’s the eas­i­est way to give back.

“With­out smaller venues, the mu­sic in­dus­try would be even less of a level play­ing field.” El­lie Rowsell

“Give it up for…!”: Glas­ton­bury head hon­cho Emily Eavis an­nounces the win­ner.

Vi­sions of a live act: Wolf Alice (from left, Joff Od­die, El­lie Rowsell, Theo El­lis and Joel Amey), Lon­don, 17 Oc­to­ber, 2018.

Live and di­rect: (left and be­low) Rowsell leads Wolf Alice on their awards night gig; ( right) Q Awards pre­sen­ter Mo Gil­li­gan.

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