Wolf Alice Rocks Out at Union Transfer with Slaves

Photography by Derek Brad

Wow, it’s amazing how far Wolf Alice has come in the past few months! I saw this British rock band back in September at the Trocadero. It was an amazing show, but small and intimate. This band still seemed like rock n’ roll’s best kept secret. Flash forward to last Friday, April 1st, and Wolf Alice almost sold-out Union Transfer. While it was harder for me to get up front and center than the last time I saw them, I was elated to see this band receive the enthusiasm that they deserve. The energy was undeniable; people of all ages were in attendance and, when Wolf Alice took the stage following Slaves, the diverse crowd went wild.

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Slaves perform at Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA

The band got right into “Your Love’s Whore,” a 90’s-tinged track with a great baseline and riff. Then they started into “You’re a Germ,” and some head-banging ensued. Some other highlights include when they played “The Wonderwhy,” one of my personal favorites. Lead singer and guitarist Ellie Rowsell’s delicate vocals really shine on this track, and it has the perfect contrast of softness and rock’n’roll. “Swallowtail” is another beautiful song on the Your Love is Cool record that they performed, where guitarist Joff Oddie takes the lead vocals.

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Wolf Alice perform at Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA

Wolf Alice ended their set with lead single and fan favorite “Moaning Lisa Smile,” where two people jumped on stage to help sing along. The band didn’t seem bothered by this impromptu moment, although the security guards were definitely perturbed. After the band did a fake farewell, they returned on stage for a three-song encore, which included “Turn to Dust,” “Blush,” and “Giant Peach.”

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Wolf Alice perform at Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA

Leaving the venue, there were good vibes all around, as people left satisfied and feeling like they received what they expected. There’s no denying Wolf Alice is a great live band and is carrying on that rock’n’roll spirit lacking in many new bands of today. Rumors are swirling that they will return soon to Philly, so stay tuned!

Re-live the show with our photo recap below! Tell us your favorite part of the show in the comments after the jump!

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1 Comment

  1. Josh

    April 5, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Nice recap, photos came our great!

    I love the call/answer “Don’t leave me here” bit in “The Wonderwhy.” And of course the end of “Giant Peach” is amazing.

    One quick note: it’s Joel Amey, the drummer, that sings “Swallowtail.”

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