If you’re one of the lucky few that got advance tickets to see Wolf Alice at Rickshaw Stop before they sold out, then you already have an idea of what they’re all about. The North London rock act continue their transformation from acoustic folk duo by tapping into some seriously raw emotional states for their new record Visions of Life, set to drop September 29. And holy smokes, the first single, “Yuk Foo,” is a barn-burner. If you couldn’t tell from the not-so-subtle title, the track is raw, focused, and seething. It’s a 2-minute firestorm of distorted drums and overdriven guitars with singer Ellie Rowsell’s voice coming in like a dry wind breathing life into flames:
I wanna f**k all the people I meet
F**k all my friends and the people on the street
Cause you bore me to death
Deplore me, cause I don’t give a s**t.
Did I mention they used to be an acoustic folk band? In reality, most of their music falls somewhere in between those two extremes, with a sound typically described as “folk-meets-grunge.” Wolf Alice themselves prefer to embrace the simpler, more apt description of just plain ol’ “rock,” though I realize how vague and unsatisfactory of a description that is. Like I said — if you already have tickets, you know. If not, you might be able to snag a ticket at the door.
Santa Rosa headbangers Slow Bloom will be kicking things off.
Wolf Alice, Slow Bloom
July 23, 2017
8pm, SOLD OUT