From Sylvia Plath's Bell Jar to Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, here's the band's cultural highlights
Alexandra Pollard

07:00 26th November 2015

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If you're a fan of Wolf Alice, a quick Google search will tell you the following: their upcoming tour dates, where to buy their debut album, My Love Is Cool, the lyrics to 'Bros' and 'Blush', the setlist for any of their past shows... But here's what it won't tell you: their favourite books, their favourite films, or what they're planning on reading / watching next.

That's where we come in. The band divulged their favourite films and books to Gigwise - and they're a veritable cultural feast, and a great ice breaker if you're the kind of fan who likes to hang out to meet the band after shows.


If Nobody Speaks Of Remarkable Things - Jon McGregor (Theo Ellis)

A Million Little Pieces - James Fray (Theo Ellis)

Our Band Could Be Your Life - Michael Azerrad (Joel Amey)

Catcher In The Rye - J.D. Salinger (Theo Ellis)

The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath 

"Big old depressing piece of work, that" (Theo Ellis)

Girl In A Band - Kim Gordon (Ellie Rowsell)

...and the books they're planning on reading next

Just Kids - Patti Smith

Sick Back Songs - Nick Cave



"I'm pretty sure I cried. I'm born and raised Camden, and the Hawley Arms is pretty much the only boozer I go into, and there's so many photos of her coming out of there, it's horrible. It's so intense. It was amazing to see so much early footage of her as a younger person. Also I never realised what an incredible guitar player she was. The whole narrative throughout is that fame wasn't something she wanted. She would rather have been a jazz singer in a small club, and fame was detrimental to her, so [the fact that there's a film] is kind of a paradox in that sense, but at the same time it did shine a light on how incredibly amazing she was, and lovely. A lot of people slagged her off just because of addiction. I don't really know when it becomes OK to take the piss out of a bulimic person with addiction problems." (Theo Ellis)

No Country For Old Men

"Probably one of my favourite films in the world" (Theo Ellis)

Pulp Fiction

Reservoir Dogs

True Romance

"It's got this incredible soundtrack with marimbas, which I think is Hans Zimmer"

...and the films they're planning on seeing next

Crimson Peak


"Someone described it as Fast & Furious 5 for Tories, which made me laugh so much"

Wolf Alice embark on a UK tour in March, including three dates at London's Forum. For tickets and more information, visit here. 

They're also set to play at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park on 8 July, supporting Mumford & Sons. Get more info here.

Fri March 04 2016 - BELFAST Mandela Hall
Sat March 05 2016 - DUBLIN Olympia
Mon March 07 2016 - STOKE Keele University
Thu March 10 2016 - MANCHESTER Academy
Fri March 11 2016 - NORWICH UEA
Sun March 13 2016 - OXFORD O2 Academy Oxford
Mon March 14 2016 - PORTSMOUTH Portsmouth Pyramids
Wed March 16 2016 - GLASGOW Barrowland
Thu March 17 2016 - YORK Barbican
Sat March 19 2016 - LEEDS O2 Academy Leeds
Mon March 21 2016 - FOLKESTONE Leas Cliff Hall
Tue March 22 2016 - BRIGHTON Dome
Wed March 23 2016 - NOTTINGHAM Rock City
Thu March 24 2016 - CARDIFF Cardiff University Students Union
Sat March 26 2016 - LONDON O2 Forum
Sun March 27 2016 - LONDON O2 Forum
Mon March 28 2016 - LONDON O2 Forum

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