REVIEW: Wolf Alice at Pie & Vinyl, Southsea

Wolf Alice at Pie and Vinyl. Picture by Paul Windsor
Wolf Alice at Pie and Vinyl. Picture by Paul Windsor
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It’s not everyday you get a Grammy-nominated rock band playing a pie shop in Southsea, but that was the case when Wolf Alice dropped by for an in-store performance at Pie and Vinyl in Castle Road .

Sixty lucky fans clutching their pre-ordered vinyl are shoe-horned into the store, with almost as many outside peering through the window.

Wolf Alice at Pie and Vinyl. Picture by Paul Windsor

Wolf Alice at Pie and Vinyl. Picture by Paul Windsor

The band have not long finished a two-year world tour stopping only to record new album Visions Of A Life. It’s a sign of the band’s confidence that their normally full-blown rock sound can be stripped down to an acoustic performance. Seated lead singer Ellie Rowsell nervously looks up at the crowd standing literally a foot away, a mobile phone goes off, bass player Theo Ellis, grabs it off the embarrassed fan and tells the caller: ‘Sorry, we are about to start a show’. It certainly breaks the ice.

The band soon hit their stride – Ellie’s vocals taking on a PJ Harvey-like authority, it’s difficult to tell how the new songs will translate to the bigger stage – rather well, one would suspect.

It’s a short set, 30 minutes or so, before the band head outside to do autographs and selfies before whizzing off to Brighton for another in-store gig. Needless to say the band are back on tour soon, including a show at the O2 Guildhall in Southampton, before headlining the 11,000 capacity Alexandra Palace in the capital.

‘See you next year,’ say the band. I suspect the queues may be a lot longer.