With winning the “Best Breakthrough Artists” at the UK Festival Awards, being “long list” for BBC Sound of 2015, pegged as one of iTunes’ “Artists For 2014,” it’s fair to say it has been a huge year for London quintet Wolf Alice. In addition to these accolades, they released their first full-length debut album, My Love Is Cool to rave reviews globally.
Working with producer Mike Crossey (Arctic Monkeys, Foals, Black Keys) at Livingston Recording Studios in North London, to create their debut LP, we asked Joel Amey to relive his most memorable moment in the studio and how they decided on the name for their album…
What is your favourite album of all time?
OOOO, tough one, but today after waking up I’m gonna say Pixies ‘Trompe Le Monde’.
What was the first album you bought with your own money?
Linkin Park Hybrid Theory. I still know every word.
What was playing on your family stereo growing up?
So many things, from Beach Boys to Captain Beefheart. My mum is super into her music so was always turning me onto things from the Everly Brothers or even newer music of the times like the Hives which had an effect on me.
Which album did you play to death as a teenager?
So many, but to pick just one I’d say Queens of the Stone age ‘Songs for the Death’. It’s still one of my favourite albums of all time and as I was growing up it taught me guitar, weirdo harmonies, insane song structures and it made me feel cooler than I was.
What albums are you currently listening to?
I’m seriously excited for new Deftones record, so I’m listening to their old stuff at the moment. The new Tame Impala record is super cool, as is the latest Pond record which I think might be my favourite album in a long, long time.
What has been your favourite EP or album release of 2015 so far?
It hasn’t come out yet, but Swim Deep’s 2nd album ‘Mothers’ is gonna drop later this year and it’s been on repeat for me. It’s a huge, technicolour pop record that draws sounds like Pink Floyd jamming with Talk Talk and it’s gonna be huge.
What record stores can you not live without visiting regularly and why?
A great local store to me is Peoples Music in Guildford; ever in the area and want to browse a perfect selection of old and new in a great atmosphere then that’s the place.
Did you dream of putting out your own album as a child?
Of course! I was happy just to put a song on myspace… the whole thing has been quite surreal.
Where did the title My Love Is Cool come to fruition?
It’s the title of a little something hidden at the end of the record, and it was the phrase that everyone kept coming back to and feeling was ‘right’.
What was the inspiration behind the album artwork for My Love Is Cool and who designed it?
It’s a still shot from a friend of a friends old college film. It just hit us all when we first saw it, and I always felt it had a tone that matched what we were making sound wise.
What is your most memorable moment from recording My Love Is Cool?
There’s quite a lot, but I guess just the whole excitement of us being in the studio, getting down these songs we’d had for a while and just the four of us in our own little world, buzzing about. When we knew we’d finished it was also quite a moving hour or so before we went to the pub….
Wolf Alice My Love Is Cool is out now via Dirty Hit/RCA Records / Sony Music Australia.