Unbelievably, a quarter of a century has passed since Britpop and the Oasis v Blur battle to reach no. 1, a heady era when Noel Gallagher schmoozed with Tony Blair in 10 Downing Street and declared Oasis “the last great, traditional rock n’ roll band.” Wolf Alice are one of so many 21st-century bands who make a mockery of the hyperbole.
At the height of ‘Cool Britannia,’ Danny Boyle transformed Edinburgh novelist Irvine Welsh’s cult novel Trainspotting into the hit movie, scooping almost £50 million at the box office worldwide. The soundtrack featured Britpop stars of the day – Blur, Pulp, Elastica – but Oasis were conspicuous by their absence. Boyle had been desperate to include them but was snubbed by Gallagher who had assumed Trainspotting was about spotting trains. Fast-forward to 2017, a worthy sequel T2: Trainspotting was released. Aside from the exhilarating movie, what is most striking is its soundtrack. Instead of dated Britpop we have Young Fathers, High Contrast, The Rubberbandits, Fat White Family. And the glorious Wolf Alice.
Silk, from their debut album My Love is Cool, was used in the trailers, and was so apt for the film's poignant story of reconciliation and loss. Ellie Rowsell sings of "my loving kills me slowly." She was inspired by Californian-born socialite Edie Sedgwick, a muse of Andy Warhol, who was plagued by mental health and addiction issues, dying of a barbiturate overdose aged 28. "I had read Edie Sedgwick's biography and I was kind of inspired by her personality, or at least what I had read of it, and I wrote about the tragedy of that."
Released today, their 7th single Space and Time is taken from their 2nd album Visions of a Life, released last September. Rowsell described the feeling behind the sweeping anthem. “Sometimes when I feel a bit low/weirdo I try to imagine my future self looking back on my past self and it kind of makes me feel better. So it’s a song about that really.”
Ellie Rowsell was inspired by Californian-born socialite Edie Sedgwick, a muse of Andy Warhol, who was plagued by mental health and addiction issues, dying of a barbiturate overdose aged 28.