Words by Peter Dovgan.
Photos by Josh Groom.
We are at Sydney’s premier live music venue The Metro on a Sunday night, it’s Spring, the Sold Out sign is up and London’s Indie rock champions just blew our collective minds.
If you haven’t heard the news already Wolf Alice just won the prestigious Mercury Prize and the champagne was still flowing.
But first the perfect support for Wolf Alice on their Australian tour came from Brisbane’s indie punk favourites WAAX.
Performing songs from their EP Wild & Weak plus new songs from their forthcoming new LP, Maz De Vita delivers her vocals with pure emotion, definitely wearing her heart on her sleeve.
Waax set the pace from the start with “This is Everything” and not relenting until climaxing with their current single Labrador.
A must see live act.
Wolf Alice enter the stage to the delight of their adoring screaming fans and ease into their set with the love song “Your Loves Whore” from their debut album My Love Is Cool” but the tempo then increases to the more angst driven “Yuk Foo” followed by their 2015 hit “You’re a Germ.”
Singer-songwriter, guitarist Ellie Rowsell delivers another love song on “Don’t Delete the Kisses” – add this to your Valentine’s Day play list. The mood changes with Ellie’s angelic vocals on “St. Purple and Green,” and changes again to the Indie rock / dance classic beautifully conventional, “My Favourite.”
Bass player Theo Ellis announces, “this week has been the best experience he has ever had,” referring to their Mercury Prize win and obviously being back in beautiful Sydney.
Wolf Alice continue to flow through their song choices from their two albums “My Love is Cool” and “Visions of A Life” the fans know every word and the night becomes a massive sing a long
The band is super tight with the guitar craftsmanship from Joff Oddie, energetic bass man Theo Ellis, on drums Joel Amey and of course the beautiful lush vocals and guitarist Ellie Rowsell impressing the Sydney faithful.
The Champagne does start to flow on stage in celebration and thank god there was no shoey in sight – hopefully that fad is dead.
The encore is the sad song “Blush” followed by their epic rock and roll song “Giant Peach” Ellie jumps into the pit to get closer to her fans belting out her vocals before diving into the crowd for a bit of crowd surfing unfortunately the Sydney crowd drop her but all is good she is rescued and helped out by security.
Indie rock is the winner tonight with the celebration of award winning Wolf Alice currently on tour in Australia.
Still tickets available don’t miss out you will regret it.
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