“It just feels fantastic to be out doing our job again, really. We’re really excited to show the world what we got.” Wolf Alice guitarist and founder Joff Oddie is at home in North London chatting with Montreal Rocks about the band’s highly anticipated new album Blue Weekend.
It’s been a decade since WOLF ALICE began as a duo of Oddie & vocalist/guitarist Ellie Rowsell, then later expanding to a four-piece, with Joel Amey and Theo Ellis joining the group. Since then, the band saw their 2015 debut album My Love Is Cool soar to #2 on the UK charts, their sophomore album Visions Of A Life win the 2018 Hyundai Mercury prize and a GRAMMY nomination for Best Rock Performance. The band played a massive 187 shows on the Visions Of A Life world tour – including a sold-out Alexandra Palace, 2 sold-out dates at Brixton Academy, and a set on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury.
It was no surprise that creating a follow-up to Visions Of A Life was a daunting task. The band decamped to an Airbnb in Somerset, and it was there that they reconfigured who they were together, far away from festival stages, tour buses, awards shows, and fans. They cemented their friendship and set to work on some fledgling demos in a converted church. These demos evolved into Blue Weekend, a record produced by Markus Dravs (Arcade Fire, Björk, Brian Eno, Florence + The Machine) who has aided the band in refining their sound to an even sharper point.
The band then found themselves in Belgium as COVID-19 hit and made the decision to remain there to finish recording the new songs. “We just got a bit lucky in the sense that we’d been there for four weeks already and the nature of how we were recording anyway was we were isolating ourselves from the world anyway,” Joel explains. “We were living on-site and when the lockdown did happen, I think it was like four weeks in. I think I went to the pub for four weekends and then I couldn’t go anymore. And we just had a really serious chat with our management and with the people that own the studio (ICP) and we just worked out a way of being able to keep going”.
Rowsell’s personal storytelling is at the core of Blue Weekend, an album that sees Wolf Alice embrace a newfound boldness and vulnerability in equal measure.
Watch our interview with Joel & Joff from Wolf Alice below where we talk about the new record, their love for Supergrass, The Chemical Brothers and Haim, and how Joel found the best curry when the band came to Montreal for a show at l’Astral.
Blue Weekend will be released on June 4th 2021 via Dirty Hit/RCA Records, and will be available on all DSPs & vinyl.
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