Wolf Alice howling with excitement ahead of Sheffield show

Wolf Alice play The Leadmill in Sheffield this week.
Wolf Alice play The Leadmill in Sheffield this week.
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Wolf Alice are the embodiment of grunge.

Luscious dirty licks of guitar are caressed by sultry vocals and steady but subtle drums.

The sound is addictive, neat and rich - with nods to the likes of The Pixies.

Ellie Roswell, singer and guitarist, says: “We have lots of influences, but The Pixies are definitely up there, although each of us is inspired by different music."

All four members club together when writing material.

“The process varies,” says Ellie. “Sometimes I will write a fully-formed song but other times someone else will, or we will all work together.”

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Wolf Alice’s videos tell stories of ostracised teenagers, determined musicians and early adult angst.

Ellie says: “A lot of our songs were about being bored with our lives and breaking free of that to become our own people.

“Many songs are about leaving a place where you don’t feel inspired so in that sense they are partly biographical.”

The band are now heading out on a UK tour – including a show in Sheffield on Thursday.

Ellie says: “We always have a really good time in Sheffield.

“We always seem to have a strange and mischievous night there and we have friends who went to university there so it is going to be a good gig.”

* Wolf Alice play The Leadmill, Sheffield city centre, on Thursday, March 27. For tickets, priced £12, see The Leadmill website