Wolf Alice - Visions of a Life

WOLF ALICE ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND WORLD TOUR

WOLF ALICE, one of the biggest breakthrough bands of recent years, make their eagerly anticipated return, announcing their new album, VISIONS OF A LIFE, and a run of shows worldwide including a UK and European tour in the autumn. The album will be released by Dirty Hit on 29 September.

A first taste of the new record, YUK FOO, was premiered as Annie Mac’s HOTTEST RECORD IN THE WORLD on BBC Radio 1 and is available to stream and download now. Annie Mac previously played the WOLF ALICE song, GIANT PEACH – from the Gold-certified debut MY LOVE IS COOL album – as the first track on her first broadcast when she took over the reigns of the prestigious BBC Radio 1 Evening Show in March 2015 and she has now repeated the feat for her return to the station.

As comebacks go, a gauntlet is hurled by the exhilarating rage rush of YUK FOO, briskly laying waste to all it meets in a little over two minutes. “You bore me, you bore me to death,” screams singer and guitarist ELLIE ROWSELL, “Well, deplore me. No, I don’t give a shit”. Listen to YUK FOO here:

Who the ‘you’ in question is up to us. “We wanted to make it open to interpretation, so that anyone who was frustrated at something or someone could have it as their anthem,” explains Ellie. She herself was inspired by, “Being sick and fed up of certain expectations; for me a lot of it is about being a young woman. Even the everyday wolf-whistle thing. As I get older, I feel like ‘Why have I always put up with that?’ When I sing that kind of song, it’s everything that I want to do when stuff like that happens”.

WOLF ALICE’s debut album, MY LOVE IS COOL, hit #2 in the UK Charts in June 2015 and #12 on the Billboard Chart in the USA. The band were nominated for the Mercury Music Prize; an Ivor Novello Award; a Brit Award for Breakthrough Act and a Grammy for Best Rock Performance; and took an NME Award for Best Live Band. They criss-crossed the UK, USA, Australia, Japan and Europe on the mother of all two-year tours. Last year Ellie and Theo set up the Bands for Refugees movement, after the horrors of Europe’s migrant crisis; the lack of compassion shown in so many quarters shocking them into action.

When WOLF ALICE finally came off the road, instead of floundering or foundering, they channelled their restless energy into a forward motion. Regrouping in London, they spent intense weeks in the rehearsal room, working out their experiences in a wealth of new material. With the bones of VISION OF A LIFE in place, they headed to Los Angeles to turn the songs into an album with producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen [Paramore, Tegan and Sara, Beck, Nine Inch Nails] with Tom Elmhirst [David Bowie, Arcade Fire] mixing.

VISIONS OF A LIFE is fundamentally a personal album, and one of great growth for the band. From the opening HEAVENWARD – a cloudburst of shoegazey guitar and vaulting vocals – through to the epic eight-minute closing title track, it’s an album packed with surprises for those who think they know what WOLF ALICE is.

TRACKLISTING 

  • HEAVENWARD
  • YUK FOO
  • BEAUTIFULLY UNCONVENTIONAL
  • DON’T DELETE THE KISSES
  • PLANET HUNTER
  • SKY MUSINGS
  • FORMIDABLE COOL
  • SPACE & TIME
  • SADBOY
  • ST PURPLE & GREEN
  • AFTER THE ZERO HOUR
  • VISIONS OF A LIFE

And now they’re ready to release the album to the world, starting with YUK FOO and a run of intimate USA shows in July, followed by a UK and European tour for the autumn, including their biggest headline show to date at the London Alexandra Palace. Full dates as below:

USA TOUR

JULY

Wed       05           CHICAGO                                           Schubas Tavern

Thu         06           COLUMBUS                                       The Basement

Fri           07           WASHINGTON                                   Rock & Roll Hotel

Sat          08           PHILADELPHIA                                  The Foundry

Mon       10           BOSTON                                                            Great Scott

Tue         11           BROOKLYN                                        Rough Trade

Thu         13           PITTSBURGH                                     Club AE

Sat          15           ST LOUIS                                            Off Broadway

Sun         16           KANSAS CITY                                     The Riot Room

Tue         18           DENVER                                              Globe Hall

Fri           21           SEATTLE                                              Sunset Tavern

Sat          22           PORTLAND                                         Star Theatre

Mon       24           SAN FRANCISCO                               Rickshaw Stop

Wed       26           LOS ANGELES                                     The Echo

EUROPEAN TOUR

OCTOBER

Fri           27           PARIS                                                  La Maroquinerie

Sat          28           BRUSSELS                                           Botanique / Orangerie

Mon       30           BERLIN                                               Festsaal Kreuzberg

NOVEMBER

Wed       01           HAMBURG                                         Mojo

Thu         02           KOLN                                                  Luxor

Fri           03           AMSTERDAM                                    Melkweg

Wed       08           BRISTOL                                                            O2 Academy

Thu         09           MANCHESTER                                    O2 Apollo

Sat          11           GLASGOW                                          Barrowland

Mon       13           NEWCASTLE                                       O2 Academy

Wed       15           NOTTINGHAM                                   Rock City

Thu         16           BIRMINGHAM                                  O2 Academy

Fri           17           NORWICH                                          UEA

Sat          18           LEEDS                                                  O2 Academy

Mon       20           BRIGHTON                                         Dome

Tue         21           SOUTHAMPTON                               O2 Guildhall

Fri           24           LONDON                                            Alexandra Palace

Mon       27           BELFAST                                                            Ulster Hall

Tue         28           DUBLIN                                              Olympia

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