March 16, 2018
Aaron Middleton and the Purple Smoke
The four-piece alternative rock band from North London Wolf Alice absolutely smashed it last night at the Portsmouth Pyramids, with their buckets of energy and excellent technical ability. The supporting band Swim Deep a five-piece band from Birmingham were also a great crowd pleaser creating a brilliant atmosphere for the build up to the main act!
Wolf Alice formed in 2012 and have been producing brilliant songs ever since. The band consists of Ellie Rowsell (Vocals and guitarist), Joff Oddie (Guitar and vocals), Theo Ellis (Bassist) and Joel Amey (Drums and vocals). They have had countless nominations and received many industry awards including the NME award for best track and best live band, which I can now say having seen them twice is 100% deserved. Despite their earlier music being described as ‘Folk-tinged pop’ Wolf Alice has been described recently as the ‘Love child’ of Folk and Grunge by well-known music and fashion magazine, Clash and have grown with popularity increasingly throughout the last couple years. They performed hits such as ‘Turn to Dust’ & ‘Fluffy’ which really got the crowd going. The vibe in the room was unreal and every member of the audience had a smile on their face.
Wolf Alice Not only did Wolf Alice rock the stage last night but I was also lucky enough to see supporting act, Swim Deep perform. The British band categorised under the genre ‘Neo-psychedelia’ formed in 2011 and have been storming the UK Music scene ever since! Swim Deep consists of Austin Williams (Vocals), Tom Higgins (Guitars), Zachary Robinson (Drums), Cavan McCarthy (Bass) and James Balmont (Keys and Percussion). They signed and released their debut single, “King City”, in May 2012. After a UK tour with Spector in November/December 2012, they later recorded their debut album in Brussels. But it wasn’t until the release of their second album ‘Honey’ that things really took off for them.
Swim Deep created a good vibe and pleased the crowd leaving the whole audience wanting more. As for the venue, the Portsmouth Pyramids is one of the best venues in my opinion. I have seen acts such as Slaves, Peace, The Cribs and Adam Ant all in this one venue and have never been disappointed by the atmosphere created. It also holds comedy acts if you feel like a good laugh. It has a large stage in the centre at the back and two bars in the surrounding areas where you can top up on refreshments. The Pyramids staff are friendly and always up for a good time while staying safe at the same time. It creates a great vibe to surround yourself in while watching your favourite Bands. Overall both bands are 100% worth seeing if you ever get the chance!