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Live Review

Wolf Alice’s Brixton triumph is another stop on their glorious rise

Posted: Monday, September 28th, 2015

The pace of Wolf Alice has quickened of late. From their celebratory teeter at their last London headline show – a sold out Shepherd’s Bush Empire – through to their summer of album love, it’s been one dizzying high after another. Tonight as they take to Brixton Academy, the final night of an eight date run, and the sixth sell out, it’s more than their love that’s cool.

From the opening whisper of ‘My Love Is Cool’, the hidden track that closes their debut album, Wolf Alice are predictably brilliant. Not wasting time with the ceremony of the evening, they let their back catalogue provide the bluster. From the joyful skip of ‘Freazy’, ‘The Wonderwhy’’s refrain or the clenched fist of ‘You’re A Germ’, they carve out a dynamic swathe.

On record the band toy with colour and shape but live, every moment is more vibrant. ‘Bros’ is amplified into an arena-commanding anthem while ‘Swallowtail’ is taken to the very edge before lashing out. Confident and commanding, Wolf Alice are no longer an excitable rabble. Caught up to the runaway success that’s led them here, the band are still doing exactly what they please.

Party hats, glitter cannons and more than a few beaming grins on stage, tonight sees Wolf Alice host their own triumph. As the emotional wrench of ‘Blush’ leads into the carnival abandon of ‘Giant Peach’, it feels like a celebration. This isn’t a lap of honour, nor is it a pinnacle. As the band leave the stage, audience wanting for more, there’s still much more left to say.