Wolf Alice: "We Don't Want To Take Our Foot Off The Pedal"
We caught up with Wolf Alice at Calling Festival...
It’s been an intense couple of weeks for Camden four piece Wolf Alice. We caught up with them at Calling Festival to talk their debut album My Love Is Cool and how they were the most talked about band at this year’s Glastonbury Festival.
MTV UK: Hey Wolf Alice! Blimey, what an amazing couple of weeks it’s been for you. How’re you all feeling?
Theo Ellis: "Exhausted! Honestly, actually physically and emotionally slightly exhausted. I never thought I would be in a band where I would be like ‘I’m tired!’ because whenever anyone says that I’m like ‘f**k off man, your job’s amazing!’ We’re definitely feeling really, really happy as well."
MTV UK: Let’s talk Glastonbury. You guys stole the show with your multiple sets. How did it feel for you?
Ellie Rowsell: "It was good! I think the first one on the Thursday was pretty crazy because there was a big crowd and it was late at night and we were kind of taken by surprise, we weren’t ready, not in a bad way we just went on stage and were like ‘oh shit, this is happening now.’ Then the next one was more pleasant, on the Park Stage, it’s a really nice stage."
"Unfortunately we caught the rain but that added to it, it kind of made it more dramatic and especially because there was no rain before or after us, so it was a bit annoying, but also quite special I guess."
MTV UK: I saw your spread in DIY, I just wanted to ask about the glitter, were you finding it for days afterwards?
Joel Amey: "We’re still finding it!"
Ellie: "I don’t know if it was worth it because it was so annoying. I think next time we should use specific body glitter."
Joel: "Or just superimpose it on."
MTV UK: You’ve got a summer of festivals ahead, what ones are you most looking forward to?
Theo: "We’re playing Summer Sonic in Japan, which is really exciting. I’m really excited for Reading now."
Ellie: "Reading seems to be a bit more chilled out, for some reason there’s such a hype around Glastonbury that it’s hard to make it live up to expectations, whereas Reading is towards the end of the summer, there’s just loads of people there to go wild."
MTV UK: Your debut album My Love Is Cool is out now, did you ever expect such an overwhelmingly positive response to it?
Theo: "We didn’t know what to expect really, we were genuinely a little bit nervous as to whether people would be into it. It took us a little bit of time to make, so it’s quite scary to think that people may just lose interest. We’re definitely overwhelmingly happy with all the nice reviews we’ve read. It’s pretty surreal."
MTV UK: Tell me a bit about the recording process? How did it all come about? When did you decide you were finished with it?
Ellie: "I think we decided we were finished with it on numerous occasions, but I think there comes a point where you’ve just gotta stop. It wasn’t always in our hands, we felt like we were ready to make an album numerous times, but you have to wait for the right factors."
"We had six weeks in the studio and finished just before Christmas so that was kind of nice, and finished mixing it in February or something, it just fell into someone else’s hands after that."
Theo: "It’s good to abide by the studio time in a sense that this is when you have to be out of the studio, so you have to be finished by then. It’s kind of an endless process where you could always go back and change something."
MTV UK: Who inspires you as a band? Who are your heroes?
Ellie: "We don’t really have heroes to be honest. Or if I do I can’t really remember."
Joel: "I think you hold people on pedestals when you’re a bit younger and then when you start doing it yourself and playing live shows and stuff, you forge your own path, if you start adhering to other people’s careers, it kinda gets diluted. There are definitely people I admire; I grew up loving The Hives who are here today!"
Theo: "That performance earlier was one of the best I’ve seen in so long!"
MTV UK: Were you out there today watching them?
Joel: "Yeah! That’s inspiring, but it’s not like we’re going to try and emulate them. There’s loads of great stuff out there."
MTV UK: Which is your favourite song to play live?
Theo: "I love playing ‘Giant Peach’ live, because it’s fun and I think everyone knows how to perform to that song as well. It’s just exciting and up tempo, it’s always good to see the crowd get into it. Each festival show you will have a different favourite because it’s always changing."
Joel: "Some songs you say the name of them and the crowd are like ‘whey’ and we think ‘I didn’t think you’d know this one’ that’s always a nice bit of energy before you play it."
MTV UK: Have you guys got a career highlight so far?
Theo: "I think we’ve had loads of little highlights going along with all that we’ve achieved. Finishing the album was a highlight, when we played our first shows and the people that would come weren’t our parents and friends, that’s a highlight."
Ellie: "I think the week of the album release was really fun. We were in America, we played Conan and then had a really fun night in LA and then we played Glastonbury! The internet was exploding, it was very exciting. I think we reverted back to children that week, we were very giddy all the time."
Joel: "I think I’ve wanted to cry for so much of the last two weeks for different reasons, it’s been the most emotional two weeks."
MTV UK: What’s the next step for you guys? Are you already working on new songs? Or are you just going to ride the wave of the first album and see where it goes?
Theo: "We’re going to play to as many people as we can with this album and support this album as much as we can in the immediate future and then slowly figure out how to write newer songs on the road."
"But I think we don’t want to take our foot off the pedal very much at all, we’re all really excited at the moment so it would be a shame to finish the album and disappear or something. We want to stay in people’s minds as much as we can."
Wolf Alice's debut album My Love Is Cool is out now.