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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.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Wild Beasts - Get My Bang


Wild Beasts, make a welcome return with their new single Get My Bang which is just as sleazy as it is sultry. This is the first single from their new album 'Boy King' wich will be released through Domino records on 5th August 2016. The video for Get My Bang was directed by Olivier Groulx who directed the video for Arcade Fire's Black Mirror.

FKA Twigs, Wild Beasts, Royal Blood Up For Ivor Novello Awards


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Critically acclaimed artists FKA Twigs, Wild Beasts and Royal Blood have been nominated for Ivor Novello awards. Chart toppers including Sam Smith and Clean Bandit were also recognised for the prizes, which reward achievements in songwriting and composing.

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Sam Smith, Clean Bandit and George Ezra will be fighting it out for the PRS for Music Most Performed Work prize, while Clean Bandit also scooped a nomination for Best Contemporary Song for their monster hit Rather Be. Still, the Surrey-based outfit have strong competition in that category from FKA Twigs and the Mercury Music Prize winning group Alt-J.

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Wild Beasts Release Streams For Two Previously Unheard Tracks 'Soft Future' And 'Blood Knowledge' [Free Download] [Listen]

Posted on 18 December 2014

Wild Beasts Release Streams For Two Previously Unheard Tracks 'Soft Future' And 'Blood Knowledge'  [Free Download] [Listen]

Wild Beasts - Single Review


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 best selling yet reaching number ten in the UK Album Chart. 'Mecca' is the second single from the new release and truly shows why Wild Beasts are ever growing in popularity.

Wild Beasts - Mecca Single Review

'Mecca' kicks off with extended, spiritual sounding synth notes while, underneath, another synth chimes deeper, lonely notes, overall giving an otherworldly effect but at the same time delivering a sense of humanity that Wild Beasts have become particularly adept at conveying. As vocalist Hayden Thorpe croons the first half of the chorus in near silence, you gear yourself up for a sudden huge explosion of electronics. However, all that happens is a straightforward drum beat coupled with ethereal building synths, giving off a not unpleasant sense of unpredictability. Aside from the bridge, which veers off into a minimal, twinkly guitar solo, this really is all 'Mecca' is; the same synth tone, a steady drum beat and consistent vocals. Even so, it somehow feels like so much more, which is quite an achievement. It could be due to how these different elements are so wisely arranged; the power evenly distributed as opposed to just all working together to make the biggest sound possible.

The lyrics on 'Mecca' paint a picture of desperately wanting to feel a certain way again, though ultimately revealing that this feeling is always inside us - we just need to convince it to come out. It's a mature way of looking at human emotions, rather than exploring how our environment and relationships effect the way we feel.

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Day 2 At Forbidden Fruit

Hayden Thorpe - Wild Beasts - Day 2 at Forbidden Fruit Festival 2014 at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin, Ireland - 01.06.14. - Dublin, Ireland - Monday 2nd June 2014

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WhoSampled's First Ever 'Samplethon' Set For Great Escape Festival 2014


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WhoSampled.com, a website that explores the DNA of music by discovering direct connections among thousands of songs across multiple genres, will host the first ever 'Samplethon' at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton on Saturday May 10, 2014. The event will give up-and-coming producers access to rare sample material, with the challenge to produce a brand new track against the clock.

Samplethon

Though winners of the Samplethon could see their tracks included on a forthcoming album release, all those entering will get the rare opportunity to call on a team of esteemed mentors for help and assistance from, as well creating new music without the legal shackles often associated with sampling.

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Unknown Croatia 2014 Announces Over 50 Acts Including Chvrches, Wild Beasts, Mount Kimbie And More

Posted on 10 February 2014

Unknown Croatia 2014 Announces Over 50 Acts Including Chvrches, Wild Beasts, Mount Kimbie And More

Wild Beasts Announce New Album 'Present Tense' Released 24th February 2014

Posted on 08 January 2014

Wild Beasts Announce New Album 'Present Tense' Released 24th February 2014

Performing On The Deer Park Stage On Day 1 Of The Big Chill Festival Held At Eastnor Castle Deer Park - Day 1

Wild Beasts - Friday 5th August 2011 at The Big Chill Herefordshire, England

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Performing Live At Wiltern's Music Hall

Wild Beasts Thursday 12th May 2011 performing live at Wiltern's Music Hall London, England

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Wild Beasts, Smother Album Review


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 in the summer of 2009 their star has risen somewhat from being a band that oozed potential to one of this nation's genuine musical treasures. What's more, in these times of regurgitating the past and enlisting more guests than a Bar Mitzvah could handle, Wild Beasts stand aloft as a unique entity of their own making, something of a rare and dying breed in the current climate.

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Wild Beasts - Albatross


Mercury Prize nominated Kendal band Wild Beasts' are back with a new single 'Albatross' as well as forthcoming album 'Smother'.

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Wild Beasts - Tuesday 7th September 2010 at Grosvenor House arriving at the 2010 Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, England

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Kendal Calling 2010 - Independent Music Festival Based In The Lake District.

Wild Beasts - Tuesday 3rd August 2010 at Kendal Calling Kendal, England

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Wild Beasts - Through Dark Night


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