Wild Beasts bring their game

Though there was a variety of things going on last Thursday night (the free Austra/tUnE-yArDs show and Superchunk to name just a couple), I decided to check out the UK group Wild Beasts. (OK, to be fair, I stayed at Pier 54 long enough to see about six songs from Austra before dashing over to Le Poisson Rouge.) Having only heard a handful of songs, I didn’t really know what to expect, but it’s always nice to see a new band.

Wild Beasts (via the artist Myspace page)

Wild Beasts began their set with a dark, moody intro that complimented the dimly lit stage. But instead of relying primarily on one sound, they deftly mixed together different moods, tempos, and genres. After playing a few of their more sombre songs, they opted for brighter melodies, supported by electronic underpinnings and engaging percussion. To add to the variation, Hayden Thorpe and Tom Fleming also traded off lead vocal responsibilities.

After powering through a short set (50 minutes or so), they returned for a trio of songs, including the dancier, poppier number “All The Kings Men,” which you can hear by clicking the play button below:

Given the reception of their recent LP, Smother, and the dedication of their fans (excessive cheering replaced the usual idle chatter), I wouldn’t be surprised if Wild Beasts turns in the intimate vibe at LPR for a much larger space next time around.


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