From Queens Of The Stone Age to Tom Waits...

Wolf Alice have - almost literally - climbed a mountain.

The group first emerged in London's fleapit venues, boasting a killer live show and more hooks than a fish bait emporium. Since then, the four piece have placed their shoulder to the wheel.

Playing virtually anywhere that would have them, Wolf Alice have knocked down barriers the only way they know how - brute force.

Debut album 'My Love Is Cool' finally emerged this week, and it looks set to be a hit. With the band set to play London's Brixton Academy this Autumn, it seems that their transformation is almost complete.

With that in mind, Clash asked Wolf Alice to take part in Foundations. Bass player Theo Ellis answered the call, namechecking some of the group's most vital influences.

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Queens Of The Stone Age - 'Songs For The Deaf'

This was the album that made me want to play loud guitar music more than anything else on the planet. Queens heavy sludge-y guitar sounds are a huge turn on, and Josh Homme has a knack for creating the most distinct sounding guitar solos.

I got to listen to this while driving through Joshua Tree desert the other day and had a sensory overload. Los Angeles is slowly becoming my favourite place in the world and this is the permanent soundtrack to that.

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The Vines - 'Winning Days'

I think this might be the most well balanced guitar record I know. Each instrument sits next to each other perfectly and it is littered with killer song writing.

I remember Craig Nicholls rolling around on a Jools Holland performance and I think that was the first time I'd registered that some people would get on a stage and do whatever compelled them, not just going through the motions of playing a song. 'Fuck The World' is my favourite off this, for its pure Australian nihilistic surf grunge vibe.

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Kanye West - '808s & Heartbreak'

I feel like this album was such a game changer for production throughout almost all hip hop, rap and pop music. It's so sparse and reliant on individualised rhythm sounds. It compelled me to explore outside the realms of the guitar band set up.

It's seemingly the mark of Kanye's mad artistic professor phase. 'Coldest Winter' is an anthem and 'Love Lockdown' remains a banger. All hail Kanye.

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Tom Waits - 'Real Gone'

I discovered Marc Ribot's guitar playing through this record and instantly fell in love. Tom Waits ability to tell story through song is unrivalled, and even though this is a later album I think he is at his troubadour peak. I love how the rhythm section sounds as if it's comprised of old pot 'n' pans.

'Real Gone' was also the catalyst for me to explore Waits' back catalogue, I have a big soft spot for American fiction so lyrically everything Waits does really appeals, perpetuating a character as a performer is difficult to achieve but he is easily the boss.

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The Sex Pistols - 'Never Mind The Bollocks'

I am influenced by this album as obviously as everyone who was ever influenced by this band are. The actual performance on all these songs is never championed enough. Steve Jones holds so much of it together and Paul Cook's probably my favourite drummer ever.

It's everything you want in punk music and gives me all the nihilistic anarchic feels that you want.

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'My Love Is Cool' is out now.

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