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WOLF ALICE – Live In Store for an intimate afternoon set…*SOLD OUT*

When? 3:00pm, Sunday 1st October 2017 How much is it Dmitri? Free Entry - Yep, incredible scenes, PRIORITY ORDER AVAILABLE AND SUGGESTED

*We have now sold out of the amount of LP’s we’ve been allocated for this event. You are welcome to come and watch from outside the shop on the day, but wouldn’t recommend queing to get in. Thanks for your interest and support, it means loads to a small indie like us! *

When? 3:00pm, Sunday 1st October 2017

How much is it Dmitri? Free Entry – Yep, incredible scenes!

It’s free to get in of course, but only to the first 60 odd people. (on a first come first served (let in) basis:) GET DOWN AND QUEUE FOR THIS ONE EARLY to avoid disappointing disappointment.

We’ll close the shop at approx 2pm to prepare, and let folks in at approx 2:50pm.

*OR* Don’t queue and pre order using our Click&Collect service HERE *SOLD OUT* to guarantee your entry and collect a limited coloured copy at the in-store show. *SOLD OUT*

*DUE TO THE DEMAND, IT WILL BE ONE RECORD PER PERSON TO GAIN ENTRY*

 

We will send you an e mail with some instructions on collecting your record and securing the best spots in the shop near to the event. 

Dearest friends, we are back with another outstanding in store announcement – and this one gives us extra extra special pleasure…

We are proud to welcome back WOLF ALICE on Sunday 1st October at 3:00pm GMT – for a live intimate afternoon set, showcasing their new LP ‘Visions Of a Life’ which will be released on September 29th. We’ll be stocking the independent shop only Green coloured edition – more info and available to reserve HERE

http://www.pieandvinyl.co.uk/?p=8358

P.S. – We will also create a pie in their honour, available on that day only – and will ask the guys to choose the filling and pastry – watch this space as we develop it in the pie lab!

Big Thanks to CASEMATES – who are providing the PA for the evening – http://www.casemates.co.uk/

casemates

See you there!!!

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You can join us if you think youre wild, Ellie Rowsell sang on Freazy back in 2015. You can join us if youre a feral child.

Many like minds answered the call. Wolf Alice’s 2015 gold-certified debut album My Love Is Cool hit No 2 in the UK charts in June of that year, and No 12 on the Billboard alternative albums chart in the US: that’s the sort of success most young guitar bands wait years to achieve. Wolf Alice were nominated for the Mercury prize, Ivor Novello Award, a Brit and Grammy, and took an NME Award for Best Live Band. They crisscrossed the UK, the US, Australia, Japan and Europe on the mother of all two-year tours. Their song Silk appeared on T2 Trainspotting, sequel to a film (and a soundtrack) that defined the 90s. They were picked by 24 Hour Party People and 9 Songs director Michael Winterbottom to be the musical heart of his fictionalised documentary On the Road.

It’s been a wild time. But for Ellie, the maddest memory is a small moment. “In the van, on our way back from Glastonbury. We were all eating ice-creams and we were in the charts. And that in itself was so strange. And then I was like, ‘Oh my god, Hayley from Paramore tweeted us!”

It’s such disorientating details, miniature epiphanies and tiny apocalypses from an extreme ride and the lull that came after, that make up Wolf Alice’s second record, Visions Of A Life.

“The past two years were such amazing highs and then really extreme lows that you’ve never encountered before,” says Ellie. “That’s this album.”

It’s the classic story. You slog your arse off to make your debut, you tour like a demon, you hit the heights, you get no sleep. Then, when you finally come off the road, you come home to an empty house. “There’s some extremely concentrated emotional fluctuation,” says bassist Theo Ellis.

Instead of floundering or foundering, Wolf Alice channelled their restless energy into a forward motion. “On the first record maybe we were trying to hold back certain aspects, stylistic things,” says guitarist Joff Oddie. “With this one, we thought ‘we c

an do what we want’.

Regrouping in London, they spent intense weeks in the rehearsal room, working out their experiences in a wealth of new material. When it came time to pick someone to help hone it down, a coincidental name popped up.  Justin Meldal-Johnsen worked on Paramore’s After Laughter, Tegan and Sara’s Heartthrob and M83’s Hurry Up We’re Dreaming, as well as playing with the likes of Tori Amos, Nine Inch Nails and Beck. Ellie, however, recognised his name from the Raveonettes Pe’Ahi, the only album she’d ever looked up to see who produced it. The rest of the band remembered seeing him play with Beck at Electric Picnic. “We all watched that show and went ‘That’s one of the best shows we’ve ever seen, and that bassist is fucking mad and cool,’” says Theo. “And then somehow we ended up making a record with him, which is a nice bit of the world working its magic.”

Meldal-Johnsen lives in Los Angeles, which is how Wolf Alice accidentally stumbled into the “band make it big, record second album in LA” cliche. “It sounds so bad,” says Theo. ”But we were doing six days a week out there, our whole life was around doing the record. So it wasn’t the ‘go to LA’ thing.

And indeed, Visions Of A Life is not an album of cliche. It’s packed with surprises for those who think they know what Wolf Alice’s shtick is. A gauntlet is hurled by the exhilarating rage-rush of comeback track Yuk Foo, briskly laying waste to all it sees in a little over two minutes. You bore me, you bore me to death, screams Ellie. Deplore me? No i don’t give a shit.

Who the “you” in question is is up to us. “We wanted to make it open to interpretation, so that anyone who was frustrated at something could have it as their anthem,” says Ellie. She herself was inspired by “being sick and fed up of certain expectations… for me a lot of it is about being a young woman. Even the shit, everyday wolf-whistle thing. As I get older, I feel like ‘Why have I always put up with that?’ When I sing that kind of song, it’s everything that I want to do when that happens.”

It’s a good time, of course, for anthems to anger. “I think almost everyone feels frustrated right now, don’t they?” says Ellie. “And petrified as well,” adds Theo. “I read the news this morning and I was physically scared.”

The band themselves have been doing their bit to do something positive with that frustration and fear. Ellie and Theo set up the Bands For Refugees movement, after the horrors of Europe’s migrant crisis and the lack of compassion shown in many quarters shocked them into action. More recently, in the run up to the election, the band used their social media to urge young people to make their voice heard, with Ellie fronting a Labour video urging people to register to vote before the deadline. “It’s just growing up and realising the potential of what you can do with the platform you’ve been given,” says Joff. ““I think you have to do everything you can to stay hopeful,” says Ellie. “Nothing gets better if you’re hopeless.”

Though political turmoil seeped into the emotional extremes of Visions Of A Life, it’s fundamentally a personal album, and one of great growth for Wolf Alice.

Helping them through these emotional and sonic leaps was Meldal-Johnsen. Recording at engineer Carlos De La Garza’s Music Friends studio in Eagle Rock, California, he created a safe, collaborative environment for them to grow, but also pushed them further. “He can play and hear notes you don’t even know exist,” says drummer Joel Amey. “He’s working at such a high level that you just wanna try and be on the same level.”

You can hear the results in the swaggering monster-folk-rock of Sadboy, offering a buck-up to miseryguts everywhere and of all genders. And their progression and maturity as songwriters is particularly obvious in the beautifully paced, sweet and slow-burning Don’t Delete The Kisses, a dizzyingly romantic track that tells of the delicious agony of unspoken love. It’s a sentimental love song for people who don’t do sentimental love songs until they find themselves there – in love. How awful is that, Im like a teenage girl! Ellie sings.I might as well write all over my notebook that you rock my world.

Intense emotion of a quite different kind pervades Heavenward, written about the death of a friend. It’s one of the biggest songs Wolf Alice have ever done, a cloudburst of shoegazey guitar and vaulting vocals (Ellie’s voice is a much stronger, expressive thing than ever). “I’m gonna celebrate you forever, Ellie promises. You taught us things we all should learn.

Listeners will be surprised, meanwhile, by Beautifully Unconventional, a muscularly grooved beast of track that’s a sister in spirit if not sound to Bikini Kill’s Rebel Girl. It cements Ellie’s reputation as the foremost smasher of whatever pop’s equivalent of the Bechdel test is, following up her ode to young female friendship on Bros. “I wrote it about one of my friends,” she says. “My feelings towards her reminded me of the film Heathers, where everyone is a Heather and you find your other non-Heather… a ‘you can be my partner in crime’, sorta thing.”

You might have noticed the word “friend” comes up a lot in relation to Wolf Alice. More than anything, that’s what these feral children are and what they celebrate. The intensity of success – something that breaks or at least tests many young bands – brought them only closer together.

“It’s a weird thing,” says Theo. “I hope I’m not jinxing it by saying this but we really do spend a lot of time together… we know each other so well, intricately well, more than you would have in marriage. It’s so close that it almost takes on a new state rather than like a relationship or like a friendship. Maybe it’s not very necessarily healthy…”

If it sounds this good, how can it be wrong? Here’s to Wolf Alice, a reason for downhearted feral children to keep faith with the future.

Visions Of A Life is released on 29 September via Dirty Hit.

wolfalice.co.uk

 

Pie&Vinyl Presents Dignan Porch with Barbudo & Ban Summers

Friday 20th October @ 8pm - 11pm tickets WeGotTickets See Article

dignan porch

When? Friday October 20th

Where? The Wave Maiden

Ticket Link: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/416877

Pie & Vinyl Presents are pleased as puppies to announce that Tooting’s purveyors of lo-fi fuzzed up outsider psych pop Dignan Porch will be joining us at home from home The Wave Maiden on Friday 20th October.

If you dig early PavementBlue OrchidsSyd Barrett (Official)Galaxie 500,SebadohTelevision PersonalitiesDaniel Johnston, etc. we’re certain you’ll find much to love within Dignan Porch’s melancholic grooves and melodic skewed musings.

Starting as the bedroom recording project of chief songsmith Joe Walsh the Porch (‘Dignan’ would come later inspired the name of a friend’s dawg) were picked up by New York indie Captured Tracks – home of DIIV & Mac DeMarco – on the back of demos posted on a MySpace page.

Developing into a full band though the addition of Walsh’s guitarist brother Sam, bassist Ben Goodwin and drummer Philippa Bloomfield they released 90 second scratchy psych pop gem ‘On a Ride’ in 2009. This was quickly followed by debut album ‘Tendrils’, a no-fi classic based largely upon Joe’s original 8 track bedroom recordings.

2011 saw Hayley Atkins joining on keys & vocals and the release of the ever so slightly polished but still beautifully intimate EP ‘Deluded’, featuring an awesome reworking of fragile haunting track ‘Like It Was’. In 2012 they released 2nd album ‘Nothing Bad Will Ever Happen’ which again upped the production even further, approaching full on fuzz rock territory – perhaps inspired by touring with a certain Ty Segall – and Fripp-esque guitar duelling as exemplified on key track ‘Pink Oil’.

2014 saw a departure from Captured Tracks and the finding of a new home at Brighton’s Faux Discx records – home to Cold PumasHookwormsSauna Youth – for whom they produced the streamlined ‘Observatory’ recorded in Joe’s cold and noisy flat above a South London used carpet store. Exchanging doses of fuzz for echoing metallic sheen it recalls The Cure on jangle mode and Bend Sinister The Fall. It’s very very good.

This year has seen them embark upon a trilogy of ep releases issued digitally via Plastic Stuff. The first two – ‘Golden Beak’ and ‘Don’t Try It’ – are out now and include some of their best work – ‘The Flood’, ‘Don’t Try It’ and ‘Meat Vessel’ are particular faves and show a move towards heightened band dynamics that can only be achieved through years on the road.

They have a tasty live reputation and have been praised for their explosive live shows by The Fly and Drowned in Sound: ‘fuzz-infused lo-fi punk that gives many of their US contemporaries a serious run for the money’.

‘Dignan Porch are several matches made in heaven. All the way from exotic Tooting, the group touch down into the effects-heavy shoegaze/dream pop world with some lovely vocals and harmonics but they really fly when they unashamedly let loose on the slacker guitar-hero stuff. Bursting with coolness and melodies to kill or die for.’ – Rough Trade

‘Dignan Porch has crafted the perfect companion for sullen moments in heat bred summer nights with Observatory, an enticing vehicle through which explorations of evocative realms and personal corners bring a wealthy dose of pleasure.’ – Ring Master Reviews

‘Songs that seem to teeter on the brink of collapse yet are utterly beguiling’ – Q

“I’d at least kill a goat for this band. It’s that f****** good” – VICE

‘.. the best moments are when the noise and the clutter fade away and you are left with this uncertain haze, perhaps just the beat and a fuzzed out guitar, that seems to refract all this massive sadness hidden underneath the skin of everything and expose it to the brilliant daylight.’ – The Line Of Best Fit

‘Dignan Porch are the kind of band who don’t aspire to be like the bands that influence them – they seek to better them. To challenge what their idols have crafted before and push the boundaries that they defined. Fuzzy bedroom psych-pop just got revitalized, folks.’ The 405

‘Dignan Porch have created an unassuming, but addictive rainy-day bedroom-pop gem.’ – Stereogum

Support comes from Pie & Vinyl Records own Barbudo and Ban Summers. Originating up the road in Havant BARBUDO deal in nu-eyed psychedelic soul grooves with a taste for the bizarre. They have just released the excellent ‘pleasures’ ep via Pie&Vinyl Recordings – be sure to grab a copy at the show. Ban Summers is the new project of The Boy I Used to Be main man Edward Perry which continues his love affair with hazy lo-fi indie pop whilst bringing in some darker post-punk elements to the mix.

Tickets are £5 in advance via WeGotTickets or for the same OTD if there are any left!

SET TIMES:
• Doors – 8:00
• Ban Summers – 8:30
• BARBUDO – 9:15
• Dignan Porch – 10:00
• Curfew – 11:00