What’s better than the high of the first day of tour? Maybe it’s living it twice in the same night. London rockers Wolf Alice kicked off their U.S. tour with a pair of literally back-to-back sold-out shows at Cornerstone in Berkeley.
The band broke into its first set with the ambient, “Heavenward,” opening track off 2017’s Visions of a Life. Instantly, they shifted into high gear with “Yuk Foo” and “You’re a Germ,” setting off a mosh pit that knew no borders. It felt as if the group had brought together all parts of the Bay Area as students, techies, solo concertgoers and parents made up the crowd. All obvious fans, everyone got down from start to finish.
Even on the first night back on the road, presumably jetlagged, Wolf Alice brought on fiery and synergized on-stage moves. As vocalist-guitarist Ellie Roswell would sing center stage, guitarist Joff Oddie and bassist Theo Ellis rocked out in a symmetrical fashion across the floor. Drummer Joel Amey nailed every single beat.
Things weren’t always so high voltage, though. Every now and then, Wolf Alice toned down the mood with calmer tracks, such as “Planet Hunter” and “Silk.” But the band transitioned between energy levels seamlessly, keeping the audience on its toes no matter what. Roswell even invited a group of three young friends on stage to rock out to “Moaning Lisa Smile.”
Wolf Alice closed the first show of the evening with amped-up jam “Fluffy,” and then returned on stage for an impromptu encore. The band’s energy was so electric that some fans, on the spot, bought tickets to the second show.
Before Wolf Alice went fellow Londoners The Big Pink. The trio played an energized set of futuristic electropop that visibly got the crowd in the mood to rock.
Words and Photos: Rianna Chloe Catajan