British rock group Wolf Alice may only have two albums under their belt, but that didn’t prevent them from playing nearly 20 songs on Monday night as they returned to Los Angeles with a heavy-hitting set at The Mayan in DTLA.
The group is still touring in support of their epic 2017 sophomore record Visions Of A Life, and it’s been amazing to follow their trajectory as a group since making their Los Angeles debut in January 2015 with a show at School Night at Bardot.
The band played nearly the entirety of their latest record, including “Don’t Delete The Kisses” and “Yuk Foo” — two songs that I included on my 100 Favorite Songs of 2017 list. Those songs represent the two polar contrasts that Wolf Alice is capable of producing — the former being a slow-burning gem of songwriting that sees lead singer Ellie Rowsell leaning into her more sentimental side, and the latter featuring Rowsell screaming at her very best. Let’s just say she has the same qualities that made Chris Cornell such a formidable frontman for many, many years.
Rowsell has particularly grown in recent years as a frontwoman. She has really grown a knack for delivering some seriously demonic faces during the band’s heaviest and darkest bangers like “You’re A Germ” and “Yuk Foo”, especially the demonic laugh that closes out the former.
The crowd sang along to songs old and new, and this is a band that clearly has staying power. I’m looking forward to catching them in Houston this weekend at In Bloom Festival, and they’ll also appear at Governors Ball this June — don’t miss them!
Photos by Danielle Gornbein