Wild Beasts performed a cover of Miley Cyrus’ ‘Wrecking Ball’ at a gig in New York last night (March 3). See above to watch now.
The British band were playing an acoustic free in-store show at Other Music in New York when frontmen Hayden Thorpe and Tom Fleming launched into the US popstar’s Number One hit, much to the amusement of their audience. Introducing the song, Fleming says, “Now we’re going to play some actual pop music.”
Wild Beasts are currently celebrating the success of their fourth album ‘Present Tense’, which entered the Official UK Album Chart at Number 10 following its release on February 24.
The band will play six dates on a headline UK tour starting in March and running into April, including a date at London’s Brixton Academy. The band will also perform live in Manchester, Glasgow, Dublin, Bristol and Cambridge. Scroll down for full details.
At the end of 2013, the band said the new record would be “more melodic and pop” than before. Speaking to NME, they explained that they chose not to work with regular producer Richard Formby, but instead teamed up with Lexxx (Björk) and Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, Jon Hopkins).
“I guess when I was 17 I thought I was Nick Drake. Now I’m 28, I think I’m J Dilla. Neither of those is true, you need to be reined in,” said co-frontman Tom Fleming of the role the producers played in the making of the album. Meanwhile, Hayden Thorpe said the band considered ditching the guitars all together before opting against the idea. “We were very aware that it’s easy to sound polished with electronics. Our intuition when we get a guitar is to detune it; that’s what Lexxx does with electronics. “
Wild Beasts’ UK tour dates are as follows:
Manchester Albert Hall (March 26)
Glasgow The Arches (27)
Dublin Olympia Theatre (29)
Bristol O2 Academy (30)
Cambridge Corn Exchange (31)
London Brixton Academy (April 1)