The North London based 4-piece alternative rock band are back from a heavy two year tour following the success of their debut studio album “My Love is Cool” which released mid-2015, along with creating the Bands 4 Refugees movement.
The band were featured on Annie Mac’s BBC radio one premiering Yuk Foo as hottest track in the world on Monday, along with a small interview which teased new information on the upcoming album.
In the interview lead singer Ellie Rowsell said that the album is “all pretty varied, I think we wanted to come out with a big bang so that’s why we chose ‘Yuk Foo’ to begin with, but everything else is pretty different to that”
Wolf Alice had recently been teasing fans through their social media over a new single and later a new album through mysterious artwork and most notably postcards featuring special photography and unique lyrics being sent to fans.
The track itself shows the band exploring some new styles while still staying true to their loud, grunge influenced indie bangers, Yuk Foo sounds like it could hold a spot on a Jet Set Radio soundtrack, especially with its high-pitched vocals and jittery guitar riffs.
Who knew 2 minutes of lead singer Ellie Rowsell screaming “I don’t give a shit!” Against a high energy bloodbath of fuzzy guitar tones and heavy percussion could be such a hit?
The lyrics are a passive aggressive “fuck you” to caring about caring, which is shown with Rowsell opening the song up with “Am I a bitch to not like you anymore?” and carrying on the song with themes of self-destruction and blind rage, along with a questionable second verse. The third verse and bridge are equally as enthralling through an emphasis on vocals as the instruments are turned down and softened before building up into an explosive final chorus and outro.
The themes are nicely realised in the music through loud percussion and an exaggerated ear-piercing feedback screech at the beginning of the song, which feeds into the more structured set of fiery riffs and killer hooks. The track ends with a raw sounding stretched out “I don’t give a shit!” just after the music cuts out.
Overall Yuk Foo is undoubtedly Wolf Alice summed up entirely; unique lyrics with astonishing and varied vocals, explosive openings with high energy, enthralling music and fantastic themes that run straight through the song.
Wolf Alice’s new album “Visions of Life” will release on the 29th September through Dirty Hit Records.
The band has also announced a USA tour in July and a European tour in October/ November, here are the dates:
Schubas Tavern, Chicago, IL – July 5th
The Basement, Columbus, OH – July 6th
Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington DC – July 7th
The Foundry, Philadelphia, PA – July 8th
Great Scott, Boston, MA – July 10th
Rough Trade, Brooklyn, NY – July 11th
Club AE, Pittsburgh, PA – July 13th
Off Broadway, St. Louis, MO – July 15th
The Riot Room, Kansas City, MO – July 16th
Globe Hall, Denver, CO – July 18th
Sunset Tavern, Seattle, WA- July 21st
Star Theater, Portland, OR – July 22nd
Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco, CA – July 24th
The Echo, Los Angeles, CA – July 26th
La Maroquinerie, Paris, France – Oct 27th
Botanique/Orangerie, Brussels, Belgium – Oct 28th
Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany – Oct 30th
Mojo, Hamburg, Germany – Nov 1st
Luxor, Koln, Germany – Nov 2nd
Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands -Nov 3rd
02 Academy, Bristol, UK – Nov 8th
02 Apollo, Manchester, UK – Nov 9th
Barrowlands, Glasgow, UK – Nov 11th
02 Academy, Newcastle, UK- Nov 13th
Rock City, Nottingham, UK – Nov 15th
02 Academy, Birmingham, UK – Nov 16th
UEA, Norwich, UK – Nov 17th
02 Academy, Leeds, UK – Nov 18th
Dome, Brighton, UK – Nov 20th
02 Guildhall, Southampton, UK – Nov 21st
Alexandra Palace, London, UK – Nov 24th
Ulster Hall, Belfast, UK – Nov 27th
Olympia, Dublin, Ireland – Nov 28th
Get tickets here http://wolfalice.co.uk/