Written by: Mikala Lugen | Photo(s) by: Miguel Mendoza
Wolf Alice Makes Fans “Smile” At SLC’s The Complex [Photo Gallery]
English alternative rock band Wolf Alice headlined Salt Lake City, UT’s The Complex last night as part of their 2021 U.S. tour.
Having kicked off their U.S. tour on October 25th at Seattle, WA’s Showbox Market, the four piece – comprised of vocalist Ellie Rowsell, guitarist Joff Oddie, bassist Theo Ellis, and drummer Joel Amey – have continued throughout the West Coast for a performance in Oregon and three headlining shows in California before making their way to Salt Lake City, UT for their sixth show on the tour.
The Blossom, the moniker for singer-songwriter Lily Lizotte, set the mood for the November Monday evening with an opening set full of dream pop ballads and energetic trap-influenced tracks.
Taking the stage shortly after 9 p.m., Wolf Alice strode onstage to deliver what would be a dreamy 90-minute set full of newer releases and classic hits. With the crowd full of smiling, screaming faces, Wolf Alice kicked off the night with their grungy rock tune “Smile” off their latest album, Blue Weekend, which was released earlier this summer.
The band continued their set performing more of their newer tracks while interpolating hits from 2015’s My Love Is Cool and 2017’s Visions Of A Life. A highlight of the night included a mid-set sing-a-long of the band’s “Bros,” showcasing Rowsell’s poppy, sultry vocals and the band’s backing upbeat melody.
A rendition of “The Last Man On Earth” slowed down the crowd with Rowsell’s whispering lyrics before the band brought up an emotive end to the night with a hard-hitting instrumental crescendo. A cheering crowd brought the band back onstage for an encore of 2017’s “Don’t Delete The Kisses” for a final farewell to the Monday night performance.
Wolf Alice will continue their U.S. tour this week with a sold-out, two-night run at Denver, CO’s Bluebird Theater November 3rd-4th. For a full list of upcoming tour dates, visit their website.
See below for a full photo gallery of Wolf Alice’s headlining show at The Complex, courtesy of photographer Miguel Mendoza.