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.
Every great fashion designer has a muse, and for Marta and Paulo of London label Marques’Almedia - it’s Marta’s 19-year-old sister Sofia. All teen attitude and effortlessly cool style, she’s the perfect poster girl for the designer duo’s Topshop collab. That’s why we flew her over from uni in Portugal to star in the campaign! Watch Sofia doing her thing in the video below (how cute is she?!) and read on as we grill her with some quick fire questions.
How was it starring in the Marques’Almedia x Topshop campaign?
Fun! The environment was really cool.
What was the best thing about the shoot?
Seeing my sister. I miss her!
What’s your favourite piece in the collection and why?
The long turquoise dress.
Who’s your style icon?
I dont have one!
Where do you like hanging out?
The beach in Portugal.
What music are you listening to right now?
Favourite TV show?
National Geographic Wild.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I do this weird dance…
Who do you look up to?
What meal could you eat for the rest of your life?
Marques’Almeida are Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida – the fashion world’s ultimate ones to watch and our latest designer collab! After studying at Central Saint Martins, the Portuguese pair were snapped up by style tastemakers Fashion East and later NEWGEN, allowing their signature ’90s-inspired collections to become a regular fixture at London Fashion Week.
Marques’Almeida x Topshop is like a capsule collection of their greatest hits – think frayed denim alongside taffeta tailoring, Matrix-style leathers and bright fur accessories with a raw, deconstructed vibe. We caught up with Marta to hear more…
Did you have a starting point for your Topshop designs?
Me and Paulo went through piles and piles of old magazines like The Face and i-D magazine – it’s that ’90s aesthetic that we feel instantly connected to. We looked to Melanie Ward’s styling – think cool parkas worn over an incredible ’90s Valentino gown – it has a freedom and randomness to it that doesn’t happen so much today.
What else inspires you?
My younger sister Sofia. When we were studying our BA in Portugal she was this moody teenager who didn’t really care about a thing – just wore a tracksuit with an old t-shirt but still looked really cool! That’s the attitude behind the collection.
What’s the story behind the campaign videos?
We’re completely obsessed with ’90s band Skunk Anansie so modelled the set on their ‘Hedonism’ video. Our campaign is just about normal teenage girls bored in their bedroom – playing on their phones and taking selfies instead of doing their biology homework! We’re really close to all the models in the campaign – they’ve been walking in our shows from the beginning and we even managed to drag my sister in too. That took a lot of persuading!
We’re on the edge of our seat to see how people will wear it. As soon as it launches we’ll just be scrolling through Instagram to see how different girls style it in their own way. We think Topshop girls will definitely identify with the grungy spirit.
Have you heard? We’ve got a new designer collaboration and this time it’s none other than NEWGEN stars Marques’Almeida. Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida burst onto the scene after studying at Central Saint Martins and have quickly become fashion’s ultimate ones to watch. Here we give you a taster of what’s to come on 9th October, plus what the fashion editors are saying about the collection. It’s safe to say everyone’s pretty excited…
“We can’t contain our excitement. Our double denim prayers have been answered (or triple if you please).” WONDERLAND
“It’s an overview of the Portuguese duo’s biggest hits thus far: so in addition to the denim-fest there’s noughties twists, like tractor-sole mules, spaghetti-strap slips, leather long-line coats and rave-neon chiffon.” GRAZIA
“The denim features a mix of glossy raw indigos and blacks as well as stonewashed blues in some of the designers iconic shapes like popover tee dresses, slouchy pants and hooded outerwear pieces.” WGSN
“Judging by what’s been going down on the front line of fashion, Topshop girls are going to be competing with fashion pros for a race to [buy it].” VOGUE
“It’s a throwback to the late ’90s while remaining thoroughly modern and determinedly wearable.” DAZED & CONFUSED
Marques’Almeida x Topshop arrives instore and online on 09.10.14.
Love jeans? Love blazers? We think you know where we’re going with this… the ’90s-loving duo is back and we’re making it work for now. But first let’s take a throw back to our favourite jeans ‘n’ blazer moments from yesteryear.