Written by Jack Andrew Cribb
Yuk Foo. Yuk Foo. A track that has been pounding in my ears all day now. With it’s screaming proclamation ‘You bore me, you bore me to death’, it says one thing – Wolf Alice are back.
Returning after the release of their last album My Love Is Cool in 2015, the band took to Facebook on Monday night, dropping the new track Yuk Foo, news of a new album, named Visions Of A Life, and also news of a world tour.
Yuk Foo, coming in at just over two minutes, is one of Wolf Alice’s shortest, yet most punchy and in-your-face, to date. It’s a no-holds-barred nailpuller of a track, crunchy guitar grating against relentless drums, with the vocals of Ellie Rowsell taking on a distinctly punk aesthetic, on contrast to her earlier softer sound. It’s a damn fun piece of work, with enough swearing to make your mum get offended.
The London-born four piece worked on Visions Of A Life at a stint in Los Angeles, collaborating with producer Justin Meldal-Johnsen, who has previously worked with the likes of Beck and Nine Inch Nails.
The group have been teasing new work by sending surreal postcards out to fans, some inscribed with ‘Who hurt you sadboy?’, others reading ‘A transcendent invitation to the zero hour’. With these cryptic messages, and the relative break in form as represented in the visceral Yuk Foo, who knows how the new album will sound.
In addition, Wolf Alice have also released the schedule for a world tour, which will begin in America, go through Europe, and end in the UK. You can check out the dates below.
July 5 – Schubas Tavern, Chicago, IL
July 6 – The Basement, Columbus, OH
July 7 – Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington DC
July 8 – The Foundry, Philadelphia, PA
July 10 – Great Scott, Boston, MA
July 11 – Rough Trade, Brooklyn, NY
July 13 – Club AE, Pittsburgh, PA
July 15 – Off Broadway, St. Louis, MO
July 16 – The Riot Room, Kansas City, MO
July 18 – Globe Hall, Denver, CO
July 21 – Sunset Tavern, Seattle, WA
July 22 – Star Theater, Portland, OR
July 24 – Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco, CA
July 26 – The Echo, Los Angeles, CA
Oct 27 – La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
Oct 28 – Botanique/Orangerie, Brussels, Belgium
Oct 30 – Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
Nov 01 – Mojo, Hamburg, Germany
Nov 02 – Luxor, Koln, Germany
Nov 03 – Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nov 08 – 02 Academy, Bristol, UK
Nov 09 – 02 Apollo, Manchester, UK
Nov 11 – Barrowlands, Glasgow, UK
Nov 13 – 02 Academy, Newcastle, UK
Nov 15 – Rock City, Nottingham, UK
Nov 16 – 02 Academy, Birmingham, UK
Nov 17 – UEA, Norwich, UK
Nov 18 – 02 Academy, Leeds, UK
Nov 20 – Dome, Brighton, UK
Nov 21 – 02 Guildhall, Southampton, UK
Nov 24 – Alexandra Palace, London, UK
Nov 27 – Ulster Hall, Belfast, UK
Nov 28 – Olympia, Dublin, Ireland