[LIVE REVIEW] Wolf Alice at Latitude 2015

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Wolf Alice’s Ellie Rowsell. Photo Credit: Sam Neill

By Tom Makinson

There are not a lot of things I can say about Wolf Alice, but one thing I can say is they are quite possibly one of the worst bands I’ve ever seen live. I am nothing short of befuddled as to why they have suddenly exploded onto the music scene and to such critical acclaim. Following in the footsteps of Bastille in 2012, The 1975 in 2013 and Catfish and the Bottlemen in 2014, Wolf Alice seem to be one of these bands who suddenly explode out of nowhere, but unlike their aforementioned contemporaries, Wolf Alice have made such an accomplishment with little to no originality or ingenuity.

Playing a mid afternoon slot on the BBC Radio 6 Music stage at Latitude, and giving the persona of an indie alt girl outfit, Wolf Alice combine less than well formed alt rock with the screechy wailing vocals of front woman Ellie (no not Alice) Rowsell. It is clear to see that there is some talent hidden within Wolf Alice, much in the form of lead guitarist Joff Oddie, who produced crisp guitar riffs, licks and solos the whole set through. Good as Oddie is, he is in no way the saving grace of this band. Playing to a near full tent, Wolf Alice produced a woefully mediocre performance, showcasing little talent and creativeness leading me to question ‘Why is this band so successful?’

If Wolf Alice are the future of alt rock, count me out.