Hands up who’s a Wild Beasts fan? Well we’ve got good news. The indie boys are back with album ‘Present Tense’ – a record that’s won them top reviews from music pros from Pitchfork to NME. And even better news – we’ve got an exclusive live set to share with you. Watch below as the boys perform album track ‘Daughters’ at Red Bull Studios, and read on as lead-singer Hayden shares his most inspiring tracks of all-time.
Hi Hayden! What have you been up to since the last album?
Perpetual repair and ruin depending on where the album is at in its cycle. Not for the faint of heart, but such a lifestyle that suits me just fine, or better than any other at least.
What can we expect from your new material?
We’re putting out some unreleased tracks along side a GIF novel, which is basically a graphic novel using animated GIFs soundtracked by us. The songs and the novel are basically about the dilemma of existence in a world of hyper technology. You know, standard Wild Beasts – existentialist-type stuff.
How would you describe the new album in 3 words?
Sex. Birth. Death.
What tracks have inspired you most throughout your career?
BJORK- ‘ALL IS FULL OF LOVE’
“When I was a teenager my hi-fi had an alarm function so every morning for about a year I was woken up by this tune, it’s so dream like it often didn’t even wake me at all. I realised electronic sounds can be soft and fragile as well as fast and brutal.
THE FLAMING KIPS – ‘ONE MORE ROBOT / SYMPATHY 3000-21
“A record that is both highly intelligent and full of beautiful pop songs. One of those rare occasions when sonics, concept and songs come together in the most effortless way as if it’s the most obvious thing in the world. A weird and wonderful piece of work.”
ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER – ‘STRESS WAVES’
“Probably one of the most emotional pieces of music I’ve ever heard. I’d never heard sonics and arrangement like it. I think he’s really at the head of the pack, I’d compare him to Phillip Glass and others of that stature.”
JUNIOR BOYS – IN THE MORNING
“As far as Wild Beasts are concerned this whole album is a lost classic. A lesson in seduction by rhythm. We all listened to it endlessly in the van during the early days.”
TALK TALK – I BELIEVE IN YOU
“There probably hasn’t been an interview where one of us hasn’t mentioned this band. They are a constant source of fascination. I think it’s because the whole record was made almost by accident, compiling improvised instruments without a structure or song in place means the nature of the music is ghostly, you can never pin it down.”
Wild Beasts are playing Liverpool Music Week on 30th Oct and have a special end-of-year event in Leeds on Dec 11th.