Wolf Alice are alt-rock band from London, England with a sound that manages to blend a modern sound with a grunge influence. Having released EP’s in both 2013 and 2014, the band released their debut album “My Love Is CooL” last summer, receiving a very warm reception. They also got a lot of attention at summer festivals including Reading & Leeds, Glastonbury and Longitude. Their latest string of dates seen them play Dublin’s Olympia on Saturday night.
The support act was SPIES, an Irish rock group. Their performance was decent, but I didn’t find them to be particularly memorable and they didn’t really seem to connect with the audience all that much.
After they had finished it wasn’t long before Wolf Alice took to the stage. The band came out of the gates running with a blistering rendition of “You’re A Germ”. They didn’t waste much time, taking a few rare moments throughout the set to briefly talk to the crowd, who were very attentive. I was particularly impressed by drummer Joel Amey’s skills, keeping everything tight and in the pocket for the whole night.
The quartet played a wealth of material which included the entirety of their album as well as a handful of tracks from other EP’s. The highlight of the night definitely came in the form of “Moaning Lisa Smile”, which was played considerably faster than the album version, giving it an added sense of urgency and intensity.
A lot of bands that find success with their first album often struggle to give a satisfying live performance in larger venues but I can tell you for a fact now that Wolf Alice are not one of those bands, these guys gave it everything they had. They’ll be returning to our shores for Electric Picnic later on this year and I don’t think I can recommend checking them out enough.