WOLF ALICE (SUN)UK
Described as “the lovechild of folk and grunge” by music magazine Clash, London-based alt-rockers WOLF ALICE are as distinctive as they are compelling. Since dropping Mercury Prize-nominated debut album My Love is Cool in 2015, they’ve won Best Live Band and Best Track (for Giant Peach) at the NME Awards, supported Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age on tour and received their second Mercury nomination this year for latest LP 'Visions Of A Life'. Their Clockenflap debut promises to be one of the most memorable sets of the year.
Exclusive Interview: Genre-hopping Mercury Prize winners -- Wolf Alice will make their HK debut
Wolf Alice’s Hong Kong debut in 2013 may have been a low-key affair, but Wolf Alice’s triumphant return to the city promises to be anything but. With two fantastic albums under their belt – including the 2018 Mercury Prize-winning ‘Visions of a Life’ – the London-based alt-rockers have carved out a reputation as one of the best live acts around, and their Sunday evening set at Clockenflap promises to be one of the highlights of this year’s festival. Ahead of the show, we caught up with the band’s bassist, Theo Ellis, to find out what they’ve got in store for Hong Kong.
1.You played a small private gig in Hong Kong in 2013. What struck you most about the city on that visit, and what are you looking forward to most this time around?
That was one of our first international gigs, we had about 24 hours in Hong Kong and managed to eat some of the most wonderful food and left with the most deep of hangovers. Hopefully we will get to hang out a little bit more.
2.What can Clockenflap fans expect from your current live show?
It’s gonna be an hour long dream fiesta of pop rock.
3.Do you get a different kind of buzz playing at a festival versus a standalone show?
Yeah for sure, it’s always so exciting playing festivals as not everyone there has come specifically for you. Sometimes you have to dig deep and really try and win people over which can make for a far better performance. It’s also a chance to see mates from other bands.
4.What’s your favourite thing about playing live?
The feeling you get. Lol.
5.What’s been the most memorable moment of your career so far?
We've been blessed with so many amazing moments that it’s impossible to pin one favourite moment, but I am enjoying myself for sure.
6.You won the Mercury Prize for ‘Visions of a Life’. How gratifying is that kind of recognition, and what did winning that award mean to you?
I don’t think we can actually believe that. It still hasn't sunk in. It was amazing to be nominated amongst so many incredible artists, it is very validating and flattering. We can't wait to start making new music and that if anything has just spurred us on.
7.Ellie said the band are “definitely gonna say goodbye for a while” once they finish this tour. Does the fact that you’re going to take a break from touring add an extra edge when you’re performing?
Our last stop is at Brixton Academy, London. We have had the most amazing time touring for the past year and half, but it’s time for us to go home, do some living and hopefully write some songs.
8.When will you start work on your third album? And are you writing songs while you’re touring?
I think we've all secretly been concocting a few ideas here and there. At the moment we don’t know but I'm sure it won't be too long till were back in a studio somewhere.