Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

WOLF IS OUT TO DEVOUR MUSIC'S DIVAS ; David Sue HEARS FEROCIOUS ELLIE ROWSELL TEARING CHUNKS OUT OF MACAULAY CULKIN

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

WOLF IS OUT TO DEVOUR MUSIC'S DIVAS ; David Sue HEARS FEROCIOUS ELLIE ROWSELL TEARING CHUNKS OUT OF MACAULAY CULKIN

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IF there's one thing Wolf Alice dislike more than a diva, then it is surely a diva that dares to cross their path. Case in point: when the London-based grungerockers last played Manchester, back in May for the Dot To Dot Festival, they found themselves on the same line- up as The Pizza Underground, the controversial American outfit fronted by former child star and Home Alone rapscallion Macaulay Culkin.

Suffice to say, the now 33-year-old star's divo-ish behaviour didn't sit too well with Wolf Alice's earthy, egotism-free outlook. "I felt pretty insulted to be on the same bill as them, to be honest", snarls Wolf Alice frontwoman Ellie Rowsell.

"Some of the other bands at the festival weren't even allowed a dressing room because of Macaulay Culkin's security.

"They got all this special treatment, but then there's all these other bands, actual serious musicians, who earned their place on the bill through hard work and effort."

She's talking about bands much like her own. Cutting their teeth in the toilet venues of London's indie circuit, the guitar quartet - Rowsell, joined by Theo Ellis (bass), Joff Oddie (guitars) and Joel Amey (drums) - are an edifying advert for young bands triumphing the old-school way.

That is, through towering ambition, a rigorous work ethic, and an unwavering belief that the cream always rises to the top.

Judging by the past 12 months, the top is clearly well within their sights. Purveyors of thrilling grunge noise, all sugar sweet melodies coated by icy atmospherics, they've been winning admirers both for their recorded output (two EPs so far, Blush and Creature Songs) and their visceral live shows, including support tours with the Manic Street Preachers and, most recently, an appearance at The Libertines' huge reunion show in London's Hyde Park.

That latter show, in particular, felt very significant in terms of the band's upward trajectory. …

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