In conversation with Wolf Alice
Wolf Alice is an Indie Alt Rock band from North London. We catch up with guitarist Joff Oddie before they play live in Bengaluru as part of The Humming Tree’s Backdoors festival.
British indie music has such a huge legacy. Whom do you consider your idols?
I don't know if we'd specifically attribute the label of 'idols' to past British music stars. There are people and bands that it is unavoidable not to have been influenced by purely through osmosis. British acts we really admired whilst growing up included Patrick Wolf, The Horrors, Boards of Canada.
There was a particularly strong wave of indie from the US when we were growing up that we may be more so gravitated to. The Strokes, Kings of Leon, Black Lips, Yeah Yeah Yeahs etc.
How did the band originally get together? And what were your motivations then?
We got brought together by a friend who knew we were all looking for musicians. Boring story... Our motivation back then, as it is now, was to play gigs and have fun making music. Some bands like the idea of being in a band more than the actual act of it. We love it.
How political is your music?
To some degree, it is (as all things are in some respect) but mostly our songs are more personal or story led. We use our online platform to talk about issues that we feel strongly about.
What are you expecting from India?
I'm looking forward to eating some nice food and hopefully taking in some of the local sites. India is not somewhere that bands usually come so we're so excited to be given the opportunity to experience a different culture.
What can fans expect from the gig?
We will jump around and make as much noise as possible! We're here to have fun!
What's in store for 2018?
Lots of touring! We're going to be on the road until the end of the year.
Rs. 2,750. Feb 17, 3 pm. At Indira Nagar