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Wild Beasts: northern rockers who shook the charts
Characterised by frontman Hayden Thorpe's opulent falsetto vocals and their propensity for arcane lyrics, Wild Beasts got the world hooked on their unique brand of afrobeat-infused post punk. Starting out as a duo in 2002, the band expanded and developed alongside their critically acclaimed discography. Preceded by single "Get My Bang", the Kendal four-piece released fifth studio album Boy King in 2016 (UK number nine), but announced that they were disbanding in 2017.
Wild Beasts: indie rock hitmakers
In the early 2000s, Lake District musicians Hayden Thorpe and Ben Little began penning and playing indie music as a duo under the name Fauve (the French word for 'wild beast'). After recruiting drummer Chris Talbot and bassist Tom Fleming into the mix, the band opted for an English translation of their moniker and began sending a shockwave of excitement through the northern rock scene.
Heavily influenced by folk impresario Nick Drake, they began gaining attention and airplay with their theatrical, soaring melodies from early EPs Espirit De Corps and All Men. Before long, they found themselves snapped up by Domino Records, the label that launched big names including Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand.
Packed with drama, their debut album Limbo, Panto demonstrated Thorpe's unique falsetto vocals on tracks such as "Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants". Follow up albums Two Dancers and Smother attracted similar success as the decade progressed but their 2014 album Present Tense (UK number 10) was the one that cemented the bands place in the indie rock lexicon. Their highly emotive record marked a distinct shift in the band's sound and lyrical tone, with tracks such as "Wanderlust", "Sweet Spot" and "Past Perfect" ensuring its place as one of the best albums of the year.
In 2016, the band released their fifth album Boy King (UK number nine), which frontman Hayden Thorpe described as "an apocalyptic record" about sex and death. "I'm letting my inner Byron fully out," Thorpe said. "I thought I'd tucked him away, but he came screaming back like the Incredible Hulk." Sadly, the group announced that they were disbanding in 2017, but never say never to a future return. Keep your eyes peeled for the latest news and (fingers crossed) reunion information and buy Wild Beasts tickets at StubHub UK.
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