Friday, 24 July 2009
Wild Beasts are a Kendal, UK based indie rock band who I saw for the first time last year on tour with Foals at Southampton Guildhall, and despite the repeated warnings from their promotion team at the front entrance that they were 'too weird' for most people, i don't find them that strange at all.
I think the main reason people find Wild Beasts odd is lead singer Hayden Thorpe's crispy clean falsetto voice. He is not afraid to use it to dominate Wild Beast's music. It is very high pitched and combined with the foals-esque ambience which features on the aptly-named new single 'Hooting & Howling', it makes for a chilling experience.
The new track 'Hooting & Howling' builds up beautifully on an uphill slope, and despite sticking to the convention of a verse and chorus structure it never at any point loses its intensity. Although you may not realise from the first minute or so of aimless (and not in a bad way) vocal, this is an incredibly riff driven song, with an incredible riff to go with it. This song really gets under your skin, check out the lovely underwater video below.
The new Wild Beasts album 'Two Dancers' is out on August 3rd, and they are touring the UK through October.
0/07/2009 - CANTERBURY Lounge On The Farm
12/07/2009 - IRELAND Oxygen
18/07/2009 - NR. CHELTENHAM 2000 Trees
19/07/2009 - SUFFOLK Latitude
25/07/2009 - OXFORDSHIRE Truck festival
26/07/2009 - DORSET Camp Bestival
31/07/2009 - STOCKTON-ON-TEES Stockton Riverside Festival
01/08/2009 - LONDON Field Day, Victoria Park
06/08/2009 - LONDON Hoxton Hall *SOLD OUT*
08/08/2009 - ILKLEY Moor Music festival
30/09/2009 - EDINBURGH Cabaret Voltaire
01/10/2009 - LEEDS Cockpit (www.lunatickets.co.uk)
02/10/2009 - NOTTINGHAM Bodega (www.alt-tickets.co.uk)
03/10/2009 - BRISTOL Thekla (www.alt-tickets.co.uk)
04/10/2009 - BIRMINGHAM Hare & Hounds
05/10/2009 - BRIGHTON Hanbury Ballroom(www.ticketweb.co.uk)
07/10/2009 - OXFORD Academy 2 (www.o2academyoxford.co.uk)
08/10/2009 - LONDON Garage (www.livenation.co.uk)
09/10/2009 - MANCHESTER Academy 3 (www.ticketline.co.uk)