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 released earlier this year in May and peaked at number 17 in the UK Album Charts.
The accompanying music video, directed by Daniel Brereton, shows the band performing on a stage with the stage lights on them. The space around them is dark enough that you cannot see past their amplifiers and it is this that adds to the hypnotic, dreamy feel of the song.
Wild Beasts was formed in Kendal, in England's Lake District, in 2002, under the name Fauve. The original members, Hayden Thorpe (vocals, guitar, bass, keys) and Ben Little (guitar, keys) were joined by drummer Chris Talbot in January 2004 and the band changed their name to Wild Beasts. In September 2005, Wild Beasts relocated to Leeds and acquired a bassist, Tom Fleming. They signed to Domino Records in 2007. Their second album, Two Dancers, was released in 2009 and was nominated for the 2010 Mercury Prize but lost out to The xx.
Wild Beasts are currently touring Australia but are set to play a list of UK dates from August, which are listed below:
Fri 5th Aug The Big Chill Festival
Sat 6th Aug London Victoria Park - Field Day Festival - Main Stage Headline
Fri 2nd September Dorset - End of the Road Festival
Thu 10 Nov Birmingham: HMV Library
Fri 11 Nov Oxford O2 Academy
Sat 12 Nov Leeds Constellations
Mon 14 Nov Edinburgh Liquid Rooms
Tue 15 Nov Aberdeen Lemon Tree
Thur 17 Nov Manchester Cathedral
Sat 19 Nov Bristol Anson Rooms
Sun 20 Nov Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Mon 21 Nov Southampton University
Thu 24 Nov London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Fri 25 Nov Cambridge Junction
Sat 26 Nov Brighton Concorde II
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