I Saw You (In a Corridor)
Wolf Alice frequently get mis-characterized as a grunge band. Sure, the heavy guitar tone on “Moaning Lisa Smile” or “Storms” could welcome a valid comparison to early 90s rock, but – even for a band without an LP to their name yet – there’s already too many outliers for a singular grunge label. When I sat down with Wolf Alice prior to their first ever New York show in January, I asked lead singer Ellie Rowsell what she thought the band’s sound was comparable to, if not grunge music.
“I think our sound has changed and is changing,” she responded. “We started off wanting to be heavy with quiet B-sides, but over time, the two merged. We liked writing heavy music for people to mosh to as well as quiet songs, which we really didn’t play live, but over time, we merged the two to make pop music.”
Wolf Alice continues that trend today with the release of “I Saw You (In a Corridor), the B-side to “Giant Peach,” their most rocking song to date. Virtually every single the English quartet has released thus far has followed this loud/quiet dichotomy: “Fluffy” and “White Leather,” “Blush” and “90 Mile Beach,” “Bros” and “Every Cloud,” and most recently, “Moaning Lisa Smile” and “We’re Not the Same.”
This time, however, Wolf Alice takes the quiet B-side to a further extreme with a delicate acoustic number reminiscent of a cross betweenThe Vaccines‘ “Somebody Else’s Child” and Oasis‘ “Songbird.” The band describes the song as a “pause for fresh air” and “I Saw You (In a Corridor)” is exactly that, a beautiful track specifically designed for the comedown from the heaviness of “Giant Peach.”
While Wolf Alice’s highly anticipated debut album My Love is Cool promises to be all killer/no filler, it’s great that the band still considers these quiet songs as something more than just an acoustic afterthought. The depth of this band’s songwriting is what makes Wolf Alice so special, making acoustic B-sides as vital to their back catalogue as the heavy A-sides.
“Giant Peach” / “I Saw You (In a Corridor)” will be released on limited edition vinyl via Dirty Hit on April 13th. My Love is Cool drops June 22nd via RCA/Dirty Hit and is available for preorder here.