Mercury Prize win is not even on Wolf Alice's mind

Wolf Alice

Wolf Alice say winning the Mercury Prize is not "even in our consciousness".

The four piece rock band from London are among 12 acts nominated for the award which recognises the best albums of the year.

"Getting nominated is honour enough, we'll just get so drunk we won't realise what is going on," bassist Theo Ellis tells Newsbeat.

Despite widely being tipped for a nomination, they were still shocked.

"Yeah it was definitely still a surprise," Theo says.

"It was almost overwhelming, I remember genuinely gasping, it is definitely a highlight of our year - of our lives probably."

They found out when they were on tour in America.

"Our manager came to us when we were in San Diego and he properly scared us," drummer Joel Amey explains.

"He came in and he went 'I need to have a talk with you all right now on the bus' and we were like 'what's going on?' and were freaking out, thinking it was something horrible and he just shouted 'we did it, we did it'."

The Mercury Prize is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious awards for British and Irish acts in the music industry.

It is judged by a panel made up of musicians, journalists and DJs.

Previous winners include The XX, Elbow and Arctic Monkeys with PJ Harvey being the only artist to have won the prize twice.

"It always explores a lot more diverse selection of things rather than the more commercial awards, I think it still holds all the prestige it has for ages," says Theo Ellis.

Wolf Alice at Glastonbury
Image caption Wolf Alice performing at Glastonbury 2015

Like many musicians, it is a prize they followed growing up and where they discovered new artists.

"I found out about PJ Harvey's records through the Mercury," says Joel Amey.

"That Klaxons one when we were a bit younger, that was quite a big moment for that sort of scene, it is just very well thought of so it is very flattering to be involved with."

And they are still discovering new artists from the nomination list, singer Ellie Rowsell used her downtime on their recent US tour to check out the other nominees.

Young Fathers
Image caption Young Fathers won the Mercury Prize in 2014 for their album Dead

"I listened to pretty much all the albums when they got announced," says Ellie.

"I really like the Jamie XX album, SOAK's cool, she's great, I love the Slaves boys, I liked that Benjamin Clementine, I thought that was interesting, strange.

"I hadn't heard any of them really before so that was quite fun."

For more information on all the nominees head to the BBC Mercury Prize page.

The winner of the Mercury Prize will be announced on 20 November at a ceremony at the BBC Radio Theatre in London and broadcast on BBC Four at 9.30pm.

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