Wolf Alice in the run for this year’s Mercury Prize
Alongside British greats like Florence and The Machine and Aphex Twin, North London band Wolf Alice have made the shortlist for the 2015 Mercury Prize.
Wolf Alice debuted with album My Love Is Cool in the summer this year, which was their own haunting take on grunge, built up around lead singer Ellie Rowsell’s wistful vocals.
Watch Wolf Alice performing You’re A Germ, a track taken from their debut album, live on Later… With Jools Holland:
Other fantastic Mercury Prize nominees include former Moloko star Rosin Murphy with her latest release Hairless Toys, as well as the explosive dance album In Colour from Jamie XX.
The first winner of the coveted prize was back in 1992 with Primal Scream’s Screamadelica. Mercury Prize rules are simply that the album must be released between September 2014 and September 2015, taken from any stage of an artist’s career, for example it could be their debut album or sixth release.
Typically the prize is dished out to a less commercially successful record, and it is supposed to be the antithesis of the sales and media exposure ethic of the Grammy and Brit Awards, making for a genuinely interesting watch.
The winner will be announced on 20 November, and should expect a boost in record sales.
You can listen to some of the latest tracks from Wolf Alice here:
The band are hard grafters, coming up the traditional way, they already have three years of touring behind them. Earlier this week, Wolf Alice annouced new UK tour dates. You can catch the group live in March 2016.
Wolf Alice Tour Dates
- Limelight, Belfast (4)
- Olympia, Dublin (5)
- Keele University Student Union, Stoke-on-Trent (7)
- O2 Academy, Manchester (10)
- UEA, Norwich (11)
- O2 Academy, Oxford (13)
- Pyramids, Portsmouth (14)
- Barrowland, Glasgow (16)
- O2 Academy, Leeds (19)
- Leas Cliff Halls, Folkestone (21)
- The Dome, Brighton (22)
- Rock City, Nottingham (23)
- The Great Hall, Cardiff (24)
- The Forum, London (27)