hmv.com reviews... Wolf Alice @ Cardiff's Clwb Ifor Bach
Wolf Alice warmed up for their appearances at Reading and Leeds this weekend with a storming gig in Cardiff's Clwb Ifor Bach, we were there to review it all...
North London indie rockers Wolf Alice.
Cardiff's forefront concert venue Clwb Ifor Bach.
Any good supports?
Even though this way advertised as a joint headline billing, Blackpool rockers Darlia have the support slot tonight, but they still drew in an appreciative crowd with fans singing at the front. Boasting an impressive hat frontman Nathan Day is channelling his inner Kurt Cobain, complimenting the grungey sound of the band.
Fan favourites such as 'Candyman' got the crowd moving but it is new song 'I've Never Been To Ohio' that really strikes a chord. It's hard to believe that this is only their first gig in Wales but on the strength of tonight it's clearly not going to be their last.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
The gig was completely sold out with fans crammed in wall to wall; eager to see this exciting band play.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
The set comprised of a mixture of songs from all of their back catalogue so far. Opening with a thumping version of 'Moaning Lisa Smile', it really got the crowd nodding along. But it isn't until the second track off of their first EP Blush, 'She' that the crowd really gets moving.
'Storms', one of the highlights off of their latest release Creature Songs (which you can preview on the right of the page) is another high point for the enthusiastic crowd. Blush could be mistaken for something written by The XX if it were not for the roaring guitars in its second half. The minimalist feel to the song really show off Ellie Roswell's vocals and the diversity that this band can manage. It blends seamlessly into a perfect cover of Chris Issak's 'Wicked Game' which creates an enchanting feeling within the room.
Set closer 'Fluffy' sees the band channelling their inner Pixies with the wailing guitar chorus line that is a delight to the ears. Throughout the set you sense a great deal of musicianship between the four of them really utilising their sound to create something which feels at times very euphoric and evidently fit for when they eventually sell out larger venues in the future.
Did they put on much of a show?
It's easy to see that the band are clearly having a lot of fun on stage. Whilst not using any gimmicks they really get stuck into these songs playing them to every inch of their life and this urgency shows why they are such an exciting upcoming band.
What was the highlight of the set?
New song known as 'Jam' went down perfectly starting off with a build up led by the drums and their quirky guitar sound, culminating up to a noise from the band which sends shivers down the spine. On the strength of this song alone, it makes their debut album one of the most anticipated to come.
Where can I catch them next?
They are due to play Reading and Leeds Festivals this weekend (22nd-24th August) along with an appearance at Bestival later next month. There are also two October dates for Manchester (22nd) and London (23rd) which cannot be missed!