Wild Beasts - 'Present Tense'

Wild Beasts - 'Present Tense'

Wild Beasts have always been fantasists: four young men from Kendal who, finding the humdrum world around them wanting, escaped through the back of their wardrobes to explore other universes. Their 2008 debut ‘Limbo, Panto’ invented its own...

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Wild Beasts

Wild Beasts

"It’s good to see you,” purrs Hayden Thorpe, an ever-dandyish sophisticate sipping a glass of red wine. Until it slips through his fingers and smashes on the stage. “Oh dear,” he says, as bandmate Tom Fleming sarcastically observes:...

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This Week's Singles Reviewed

This Week's Singles Reviewed

NME's Dan Martin delivers his verdict on this week's releases Wild Beasts - 'Bed Of Nails' You can just about giggle at Hayden’s flowery intonation (although most people do that anyway). Or you can archly question what business anyone...

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Album Review: Wild Beasts - 'Smother'

Wild Beasts - 'Smother'

In 1993, journalist Auberon Waugh established the Bad Sex In Fiction Award while editor of London’s distinguished Literary Review . It was intended to draw attention to what he called the “crude, tasteless and often perfunctory use of...

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Animal Magic

Animal Magic

Arrogant boasts and grand manifestos are all well and good, yet in time you come to realise they don’t always promise great things but in fact mask off the whole damn merry-go-round; and, alighting you happen upon Wild Beasts. Four smart,...

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Wild Beasts

Wild Beasts

With a squeaky-voiced singer and song structures like falling down a flight of stairs, the mere existence of Wild Beasts in a rational universe poses questions about how much wilful perversity one band can get away with. ‘Assembly’ continues...

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Wild Beasts

Wild Beasts

Like a billiard ball that runs a merchant-banking firm, Wild Beasts are difficult to even imagine. The concept – a feral Dame Edna Everage fronting Dexys – tests the already capacious limits of the box marked Great British Eccentrics. Yet with...

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