Mercury Prize winners Wolf Alice have announced their highly anticipated third album Blue Weekend will be released on June 11.
One of the tracks, The Last Man on Earth, was premiered as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in The World on BBC Radio One. This continues a tradition that started when Annie played Giant Peach, from the band’s Gold-certified debut LP My Love Is Cool, as her first song when taking over the weekday evening show in 2015.
The Last Man on Earth finds the band blurring the lines between classic songwriting and their signature pin-sharp choruses. Lead singer Ellie Rowsell continues to tread the fine line between consummate storyteller and confessional lyricist.
“It’s about the arrogance of humans,” says Ellie Rowsell. “I’d just read Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle and I had written the line, ‘Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from god’ in my notes. But then I thought: ‘Uh, your peculiar travel suggestion isn’t a dancing lesson from god, it’s just a travel suggestion. Why does everything need to mean something more?’.”
Their 2015 debut album My Love Is Cool was a surprise number 2 on the UK album charts, their sophomore album, Visions of a Life, also reached the second spot, won them the Mercury Prize and a Grammy nomination for Best Rock Performance.
The hard-working band also played 187 shows on the Visions of a Life world tour, including a sold-out Alexandra Palace in London, two sold-out dates at Brixton Academy and a set on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury.
It was no surprise that creating a follow up to Visions of a Life seemed a daunting task. The record was a huge success which subsequently led to many months spent on tour, with intercontinental flights, hotels and long bus journeys taking its toll. (The poor things, still all the money makes up for it -Ed)
In response to that punishing schedule the four band members decamped to an Airbnb in Somerset, and it was here that they thought about who they were together, far away from festival stages, tour buses, awards shows and fans. (There was a pandemic though, so they didn’t exactly have a lot of choice –Ed)
They cemented their friendship and worked on some demos in a converted church, which evolved into Blue Weekend. Producer by Markus Dravs helped the band refine their sound to an even sharper point highlighting Rowsell’s personal storytelling
Blue Weekend will be released on 11 June 2021 via Dirty Hit and will be available on all DSPs, vinyl, CD and cassette.
Words by Paul Clarke, you can see his author profile here.