Wild Beasts: ‘We’re taking a long break after this tour’

Frontman Hayden Thorpe says no new music for forseeable future

Wild Beasts frontman Hayden Thorpe says the band are taking a break after they wrap up their forthcoming tour.

The Cumbrian band, who began a set of UK dates in Birmingham on November 10, have decided they need some time off after four intense years in a row.

“We’re going to give ourselves headspace to think about other stuff,” said Thorpe, speaking to NME.com.

“We’ve made three records really quickly, and I think that means we’ve afforded ourselves the indulgence of some time off.

“Time to think might be more dangerous than leaping into the next record, because we’ve never had time to think twice, and now we might actually examine what we do,” he added.

“There is a feeling that we’re getting toward something, and we just need to be ballsy enough to do it, you know?

Thorpe went on to explain he doesn’t think the fourth Wild Beasts album will arrive before mid-2013.

“It’ll be our fourth record and by then we’ll all be lurching toward 27, 28, so if we’re going to have a break now is the time, there might not be another time to have a break like this.”

Asked about the possibility of side-projects by members of the four-piece, Thorpe wasn’t sure, saying there are no rules or confines in place ruling it out.

“I don’t know if there would be solo things. It’s important to keep your head above water when it comes to quality control, and not lose sight of what we’re doing.”

Wild Beasts released their debut ‘Limbo, Panto’ in 2008, followed by the Mercury Prize-nominated ‘Two Dancers’ a year later, and ‘Smother’, which was released earlier this year.