There’s a good reason why UK band Wolf Alice so quickly exploded on the global music scene. Though they officially formed as a duo between frontwoman Ellie Rowsell and guitarist Joff Oddie in 2010, the band in its current form has only been around for a few years, releasing their debut full length, My Love Is Cool (Dirty Hit Records/Sony) last year.
That album not only was critically lauded (nominated for a Mercury Music Prize) but the band also netted a Grammy nomination. Their sleek, blaring rock has been compared to everyone from Hole to Elastica to The xx. They remind me of early Garbage crossed with one of those dreamy 4AD bands, with brazen, grungy hooks balanced by Rowsell’s beautiful, breathy coo. It won’t take them long to jump from rock-club sized venues like The Waiting Room (where they play Tuesday night) to arenas and headliner status on the festival circuit. Catch then now when you can still get close enough to touch them.
The band took our Ten Questions challenge. Here’s how guitarist/vocalist Joff Oddie responded (to most of the questions, anyway).
1. What is your favorite album?
Wolf Alice’s Joff Oddie: The velvet underground and Nico – the velvet underground
3. What do you enjoy most about being in a band?
Seeing people be brought together through our music is a really special thing. There are kids we know all over the world who are now friends and go to shows together through listening to Wolf Alice. That’s a special feeling when you see that.
4. What do you hate about being in a band?
Not being able to cook for myself whilst on long trips on the road. I really miss the kitchen. Sunday’s roasts..
5. What is your favorite substance (legal or illegal)?
Champagne. If you are coming to a show of ours then please bring champagne.
6. In what city or town do you love to perform?
Wherever there’s a good crowd we’ll have a good show. We love the states. Been making trips here for about 18 months now and we always love it. You guys know how to treat a band!
7. What city or town did you have your worst gig (and why)?
We had a nightmare show in London once at a small venue called The Lexington. It’s a great venue but all our shit just broke and we were standing on stage for about 20 minutes telling jokes while people tried to fix our shit. That was horrible.
8. How do you pay your bills?
With money…. ??
9. What one profession other than music would you like to attempt; what one profession would you absolutely hate to do?
I trained to be a teacher before Wolf Alice so I’d like to do that. Or maybe a butcher.
I don’t think I’d last long in the military.
Wolf Alice plays with Slaves (UK), Tuesday, April 12, at The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple Street. Showtime is 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 Adv./$17 DOS. For more information, visit onepercentproductions.com