DNA: The Sundays; Joan Jett; Smashing Pumpkins (if D’arcy sang lead most of the songs); Sex Pistols; and a dash of Pixies
It’s my obligation to introduce you to Wolf Alice. “My Love Is Cool” is one of the strongest albums of 2015. Before 2015, Wolf Alice was not on my radar. I’m assuming the band isn’t on your radar, either. We need to change that.
The vibe of the album changes from song-to-song. Ellie Rowsell fronts this four-piece band from London. The band is tight. Some songs feature Rowsell’s lilting vocals reminiscent of Harriet Wheeler (e.g., “Turn To Dust“); other songs feature guttural screams from the soul rivaling Johnny Rotten’s and Alain Jourgensen’s epic screams (e.g., “You’re A Germ” and “Giant Peach“). The guitarist (Jeff Oddie), the bassist (Theo Ellis), and the drummer (Joel Amey), similarly transition from atmospheric backgrounds, to straight-up rock-and-roll sounds, to punk-rock mayhem.
My favorite song by far is “Your Loves Whore,” which features a compelling drum intro (think “Bullet The Blue Sky”), a chunky bass hook, and great crescendoing guitars. Rowsell displays her vocal prowess on this song. Another great track is “Moaning Lisa Smile,” a grungey relative of any Elastica song.
“My Love Is Cool” is an album to explore. There are surprises on each track, all equally enjoyable for multiple reasons. The song videos are equally creative, with “You’re A Germ” winning for the most creepy.
Recommendation: On a scale from Dorothy Zbornak (“Forget It”) to Blanche Devereaux (“Get It”), “My Love Is Cool” is a 10 Get It.