Alpha Wolf: “We’ve always wanted to do this, and now we’re finally at the stage where we can”

Alpha Wolf. Credit: Press/Supplied
(Image credit: Press/Supplied)

No bands spur tours more off-the-rails than those in Australian metalcore. The 2000s were defined by sprawling, months-long road tours with back-to-back shows in 20-plus towns, a good deal of which would read like gibberish to the everyday city slicker. In the 2010s, there evolved somewhat of an unspoken contest between the bands, to see who could reel in the most insane supports. This led to a trend where, thanks to self-funded runs and the power of the internet, up-and-coming acts could make a name for themselves by headlining over (much more popular) international bands, using those names on the poster as the tour’s primary selling points.

Thanks in no short part to the COVID-19 pandemic, those batshit mental tours came to a fiery death at the turn of the new decade. Border restrictions made it impossible to fly in those big-ticket foreigners. Varying state guidelines made it impossible to organise those serpentine itineraries. And of course, the general decimation of the live music industry made it impossible to fund – let alone embark on – tours in general. But with the world slowly easing back into normalcy, one band – Tasmania-native, Melbourne-based moshlords Alpha Wolf – have set their sights on an ambitious return to the glory days of unapologetically wild metalcore tours.

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…

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