Wild Beasts

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Wild Beasts (formed 2004)

Wild Beasts are an alternative rock band from Kendal in Cumbria, though their notoriety began after they moved to Leeds, West Yorkshire. The lineup of the band consists of Hayden (vocals & guitar), Benny (guitar), Tom (bass & vocals) and Bert (vocals & percussion).

Wild Beasts: Formation

Hayden Thorpe and Ben Little formed a band called Fuave (which is French for 'wild beast') after meeting at Queen Katherine School. Two years later, Chris Talbot (known as Bert) joined the band and they changed their name to Wild Beasts. Tom Fleming joined the band after they relocated to Leeds.

Wild Beasts: Music

The debut single to be released by Wild Beasts was 'Brave, Bulging Bouyant Clairvoyants', on Leeds' Bad Sneakers Records, with whom they signed in 2006. Later that year, the band performed a live session on Marc Riley's session on BBC Radio 6 Music. Their second single, 'Through the Dark Night' was also released on Bad Sneakers.

The band later signed to Domino Records (home of Pavement, The Fall, Franz Ferdinand and Lightspeed Champion), and were 'tipped for the top' by NME in May of that year.

After signing to Domino, Wild Beasts released their debut studio album, Limbo, Panto. The following single from the album was 'The Devil's Crayon', released at the end of June, 2008.

Having already gained a great deal of critical acclaim, Wild Beasts' second album, Two Dancers built on their success and was very well received by critics and the public alike. The album's success culminated in a nomination for the Mercury Music Prize in 2010 (the prize was eventually won by The XX).

Wild Beasts' song 'Underbelly' was featured in a Santander advert featuring Lewis Hamilton.

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Wild Beasts - Mecca Single Review

26th June 2014 -

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Having first garnered critical acclaim with their second album release, 'Two Dancers', British art-pop band Wild Beasts have steadily leaked into mainstream conciousness over the past five years. Their latest album, 'Present Tense', is their...

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8th May 2014 -

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Field Day - Victoria Park, London. 6th August 2011

9th August 2011 -

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As one-day music festivals go, London's Field Day stands out from the crowd as being the most ambitious and forward-thinking certainly in terms of its booking policy. Concentrating on the more hip end of the...

Wild Beasts - Bed Of Nails

28th July 2011 -

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Wild Beasts' new single 'Bed of Nails' is available to download in an exclusive postcard format from the band's record label, Domino Records. 'Bed of Nails' is taken from their third album, 'Smother', which was...

Wild Beasts - Smother

9th May 2011 -

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Its difficult to envisage where Wild Beasts would be at this moment in time had The xx not pipped them to the first prize at last year's Mercury Music Awards. Ever since 'Two Dancers' landed...

Wild Beasts - Albatross

12th April 2011 -

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Mercury Prize nominated Kendal band Wild Beasts' are back with a new single 'Albatross' as well as forthcoming album 'Smother'.The video for 'Albatross' was shot in a London location by distinctive director Dave Ma, David...

Wild Beasts, Interview

2nd September 2010 -

 Interview

Wild Beasts - We Still Got The Taste Dancin' On Our Tongues

9th February 2010 -

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We Still Got The Taste Dancin' On Our Tongues video from Wild BeastsMarch sees the release of Wild Beasts' new single We Still Got the Taste Dancin' on Our Tongues, the band are also set...

Wild Beasts - All The King's Men

7th September 2009 -

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Watch the All The King's Men video from Leeds based Wild Beasts.This is the second single taken from the critically acclaimed 'Two Dancers' album and is released on 5th October 2009 on Domino as...

Wild Beasts - Two Dancers

3rd August 2009 -

 Review

Review of Wild Beasts album Two Dancers released through Domino Records. From the first few notes of early single 'Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants', it was always plain to see that Leeds-via-Kendal four piece Wild Beasts...

Wild Beasts - Limbo, Panto

4th August 2008 -

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Review of Wild Beasts debut album Limbo, Panto released through Domino Records. There's a brief sleevenote on this debut album by Wild Beasts that fair set my teeth on edge. "The four boys of Wild...

Wild Beasts - Assembly

5th December 2007 -

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Wild Beasts Assembly (Domino)Single ReviewWhenever I hear a high-pitched vocal shattering crystal and china all around me, my immediate reaction is to recommend said individual for either a role in the opera or worse still,...

Wild Beasts, Through Dark Night, Video Stream

4th April 2007 -

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Wild Beasts Through Dark Night Video Through Dark Night, the second chapter to Wild Beasts as yet un-finished first novel, is a child like pick-me-up of pop song professing purity and nightly neediness. This big-boned...

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2nd September 2010

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