Last month, Remi Wolf’s electrifying debut album “Juno” saw the 25-year-old speak candidly about sobriety, rowdy sanity, lust and social anxiety. “Sometimes I write songs out of need to expel whatever’s going on inside,” she recently told NME as she was making her cover debut. “But the most therapeutic part for me is the performance.” And tonight at London’s Moth Club, Wolf and his fans (lovingly nicknamed the Rem Jobs) are purging their demons with a euphoric 75-minute set.
Everywhere, Wolf’s music is impossible to classify. Tonight, in a 17-song set, the Californian artist dabbles in punk, pop, indie, funk and dance – often at the same time. Vocally too, she’s as comfortable rapping to fast food orgies (‘Quiet On Set) as she sings lyrics about love (‘ Woo! ‘). Hell, she almost scat during ‘Sexy Villain’ but there’s no time to take a step back and dissect exactly what’s going on. No matter what you want to call it, Wolf makes party music and from the second she takes the stage and launches into the woozy “liquor store”, every moment is something to celebrate.
There’s the electro glitch bounce of ‘WYD’, the sunny bluster of ‘Sauce’ and awesome covers of ‘Crazy’ by Gnarls Barkley and ‘Electric Feel’ by MGMT. ‘Liz’ is the closest wolf to a ballad, but even that is difficult. “This is one of the craziest shows we’ve ever played,” she said before asking the crowd who is not enjoy? This is the only time Moth Club is silent.
Midway through the set, Wolf briefly sits behind the drum kit, embarking on a furious Rage Against The Machine-inspired drum and bass jam as his ousted drummer leads the piece in a series of sung life lessons (“It’s not good to get drunk at work”). It’s chaotic, unexpected, and a lot of fun – just like Wolf’s questionable British accent that she tries over and over again.
“Before, I had a lot of social anxiety. I was going to a party and felt like I was being attacked by strange beams of laser energy. But also, I was still very excited. I didn’t really know what to do with myself so I wrote a song about it, ”she told the venue before“ Guerrilla, ”a groove song that explodes with boundless energy over and over again. Elsewhere, she walks through crowds singing “Quiet On Set” before an extended “passport photo” sees her dancing on stage without caring about the world
By the time Wolf finally leaves the stage, she has given her all to the glittering sweatbox. The crowd seems equally exhausted. Whatever emotions troubled them before, they have now been exorcised, all thanks to Remi Wolf’s cathartic and heartwarming party.
Rémi Wolf played:
‘Grumpy old man’
‘Crazy’ (cover by Gnarls Barkley)
‘Electric Feel’ (MGMT cover)
‘Good morning, good morning, good morning’
“Silent on the set”