Wolf Alice are heading back to where it all began for frontwoman Ellie Rowsell, for a one-off special performance of the band’s track, ‘Lipstick On The Glass’.
Taking to London’s Union Chapel, the performance was recorded as part of the Jim Beam ‘Welcome Sessions’; a new concert series reuniting global musicians with the independent venues that started it all for a special one-off performance, captured on camera.
The recording takes advantage of the Chapel’s ornate and whimsically evocative spaces, staying true to Rowsell’s memory of the place.
“As performers, there are just some venues that you connect with musically and emotionally. That can be rooted in memories of seeing live music there or the spectacle of the space, but it’s also the people that make it what it is,” Rowsell said.
“Live music is a community, creating one on stage with your fellow musicians and the audience through your music and the experience around it as well as the relationships you create with the people behind the scenes, the staff, the promoters, the technicians.
“It’s a coming together of people passionate about the live experience to create an irreplaceable and utterly unique shared experience.”
Rowsell emphasises the cultural value of certain spaces and speaks on why the Union Chapel remains one of her favourite spaces.
“Going to gigs made us want to do what we do, which is why it’s heartbreaking to see so many close their doors. When we had the opportunity as part of the Jim Beam Welcome Sessions, we chose Union Chapel.”
“It has incredible acoustics and is visually very beautiful and for me, a sense of nostalgia who grew up nearby and even did an annual Christmas concert with the local community choir here.”
“We wanted to play ‘Lipstick on the Glass’ for its melodic grandeur that we hope pays homage to the space we are in. It’s a privilege to play here and something we will collectively remember forever.”
The performance can be watched right now, exclusively via Jim Beam’s official Youtube channel.