Wild Beasts at Isle Of Wight: ‘Festivals will be the true test of ‘Smother”

Band warm the Big Top Stage up for Tom Jones

Wild Beasts have called the next few months of festival sets and gigs “the true test” of their new album ‘Smother’, while talking at Isle Of Wight Festival today (June 11).

The band were playing the second day of the bash, with Foo Fighters headlining the Main Stage tonight. The Kendal act released their latest offering, the follow-up to ‘Two Dancers’, last month.

“It’s been going down on the UK tour really well,” drummer Chris Talbot told NME. “We started playing the songs live a week before the album came out so most people hadn’t heard the tracks before and they were still soaking them up and listening intently. We’ve only played a few shows since it actually came out so the true test will be playing them over the next few months.”

Talking about how the new album had been another critically acclaimed record for them, he added that the band refuse to “be jinxed” by saying they think they might have a chance for another Mercury Music Prize nomination. ‘Two Dancers’ was nominated for the gong in 2010.

Wild Beasts were sharing the Big Top bill with Tom Jones and Chase and Status on the second day of Isle Of Wight Festival today. Talbot said of the singer’s appearance: “It’s going to be cool. Tom Jones is Tom Jones, that crowd isn’t going to need warming up. Four pints of cider inside of them and they’ll be fine.”

Wild Beasts played:

‘Still Got The Taste’
‘Devil’s Crayon’
‘This Is Our Lot’
‘Bed Of Nails’
‘Reach A Bit Further’
‘Hooting And Howling’
‘All The King’s Men’

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