The crowd at the sold-out Lexington may well have been anticipating a 'see them before they go stratospheric' gig from Wolf Alice. The Guardian, BBC Radio One and the NME are all championing these Londoners, which is perhaps why this hotly anticipated homecoming gig seemed like it had more than a little pressure baring its teeth at the band. 

The young four-piece comprises of the enchanting rock-waif Ellie Rowsell on vocals, backed up by the formidable instrumental prowess of Joff Oddie on guitar, Theo Ellis on bass and Joel Amey on the drums. It's a compelling combination of musical talent which has been likened to bands including The xx and Hole, and spanning musical genres as widely diverse as folk and grunge.


Building up audience anticipation the band members entered one by one as their microphone stands lit up with fairy lights. So far so folk! The first song filled the room flawlessly with Rowsell's distinctively enchanting vocal clearly rising above and beyond the backing of well played riffs and in depth drum beats. However, the enchantment soon turned to despair as the technical equipment left Rowsell high and dry shortly after starting 'Leaving You'. In the 10 minutes it took to find her an essential working amp and in tune guitar combo the band tried to keep the audience entertained with some witty banter, but in the end the audience started to lose faith that sound would be restored and they filled the dead air with their own chatter.

Once the technical issues had been resolved, her sultry siren call beckoned us forth to an intense crashing of guitars. Wolf Alice were once again a ferocious presence! Then came the song 'Nosedive' with a catchy hook and frenetic energy emitted by the rhythm section which pumped up the crowd. With a welcome change in direction, sultry vocal atmospherics led us into the start of 'Jack' before the song opened up as a grunge belter. This nod to the 90s revival was most keenly felt on their first released single 'Fluffy' as Roswell's war cry rang out above the upsurge of roaring guitars and drums.

The highlight of the evening was undoubtedly the new single 'Bros', which was hypnotically beguiling as Rowsell's pitch perfect vocals ruminated upon childhood friendships set against a backdrop of guitar riffs and drum beats which rouse emotional nostalgia. Rowsell's triumphant smile afterwards let the crowd know that Wolf Alice were clearly back in contention after the earlier set back.

Although some fans may have been disappointed that Wolf Alice left the stage after a 40-minute set, a quarter of which was spent trying to fix the equipment, the majority were left musically sated and with a desire to hear this band again. I expect they won't be waiting long as with raw talent like this, Wolf Alice will likely be prowling the airwaves and festival circuit in no time at all.