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adidasss 07-15-2008 08:51 AM

Wild beasts

Possibly the most original new band coming out of Britain in the last few years? As is written on their page "They write beautiful, intriguing, slightly offbeat but incredibly catchy pop music."

Check it out:

Wild beasts - Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants

Wild beasts - The devil's crayon

Isn't The devil's crayon bleedin' fantastic? Apparently that's not the usual lead singer though and since I'm in the process of getting the album (Limbo, Panto), I'm not sure if the hoarseness of the lead singers vocals will grate on me...

adidasss 07-15-2008 09:03 AM

Here's more:

Wild beasts - Assembly

Which isn't on the album

Wild beasts - Sylvia, a melodrama

Which is the b-side to the Assembly single

jackhammer 07-15-2008 02:19 PM

Now and again you do pick out a little beauty Marijan! Not too keen on 'Assembly' but the first two especially were top notch. Did you get the album? Thoughts?

adidasss 07-16-2008 04:22 AM

I'm not sure yet. The music is outrageously original and unlike anything you'd expect to be coming out of Britain right now, but it's also not something you'd get hooked to instantly, not me anyway. The campy cabaret-ness is at the same time fascinating and off-putting. There's some brilliant pop here (The devil's crayon, Brave bulging buoyant clairvoyants), beautiful ballads (His grinning skull, The old dog), and I generally like the falsetto singing but I also can't help wishing the lead singer refrained from doing his Scooby-doo impression...

So either you'll love it or hate it but it's still well worth a go though...:|

Piss Me Off 07-16-2008 05:18 AM

I don't think i love it or hate it, it's just not my thing i'm afraid, respect it all the same though. Haha i liked the Scooby Doo comment, though the singer on Devil's Crayon does have a pretty impressive set of pipes on him...

adidasss 07-16-2008 05:22 AM

I know, he's dead sexy too....:o:

Piss Me Off 07-16-2008 05:26 AM

Really? I thought he was quite reminiscent of the keyboardist out of Sparks :s

that one dude 07-18-2008 10:37 PM

I'm really loving "the devil's crayon"... but I too am not so sure about their other material as of yet. Dont know if I can get used to the guy's usual shrill voice. However I'm willing to give these guys a chance. I'll definitely be looking into them. Thanks for sharing.

LordMadness 07-18-2008 11:46 PM
When i heard Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants i thought devil music. Was looking for some new satanic music. Definitely going to play this at our next meeting. /sarcasm. I didn't like it at all. But here's my version, in the title.

Farfisa 07-19-2008 06:23 AM

Pretty kick ass soon as my computer is virus free then I'll probably download an album or two.

that one dude 07-19-2008 10:25 AM

Okay, I gave the album a listen, and it doesnt take long to get used to his voice. Their sound pretty much dominates any crackle or off key wail of his. I'm loving this stuff.

My favorites right now are "Vigil For a Fuddy Duddy", "His Grinning Skull", and of course "Devil's Crayon".

WolfAtTheDoor 07-22-2008 02:34 PM

I found these ages ago, but struggled to find anybody who also appreciated them. Brave Bulging was an instant favourite. I'm still practising my vocal impression...

dayoldblues 07-27-2008 09:41 PM

Yeah, I'd have to say that this is one of the more original bands I have heard in a long time. I was pretty excited when I discovered them. The only thing is, whenever I play the album, the first thing I want to do is play the Devils Crayon - which is my favorite song - and let the rest of the album play out from there. After about 20 minutes of it I turn it off because I find it drones a little. That said, I think it is incredible stuff and I am actually really interested to see what they will do next.

adidasss 09-07-2009 05:54 AM


Originally Posted by adidasss (Post 498011)
... but I also can't help wishing the lead singer refrained from doing his Scooby-doo impression...

And so he has, and they're all the better for it.

And guess who's got a Best new music nod from P4K...(:

adidasss 09-14-2009 04:01 PM


music_phantom13 09-15-2009 11:59 AM

You know, I actually haven't listened to anything by Wild Beasts yet. I loved the intro song, but shut it off after maybe 15 seconds of listening to the guys singing. It's terrible at the beginning of the song, but not only does it get much better when he's not doing an old woman's impersonation of Scooby Doo, I find I get somewhat accustomed to it when I actually listen. Though I'm not sure I can take a whole album listening to him... and based off this song, I'm doubting. A shame, since this would easily be a top album without him. I think I'll give it a shot and see if it gets less annoying.

adidasss 09-15-2009 12:38 PM

His singing is much more subdued on Two dancers, there's hardly any Scooby Dooing...;)

music_phantom13 09-16-2009 10:28 AM

Ultimately, I can't listen to this album anymore. I gave the whole thing a shot, and I just can't stand his voice. It's a shame, because the music is really good, just ditch that singer and I'll have a lot more interest.

abdullah424 10-15-2009 04:01 PM

I'm listening to Two Dancers right now and I'm definately liking their sound. His voice isn't bothering me so far.

indienerd 10-15-2009 11:00 PM

I love this! Thanks a bunch!

loveissucide 10-19-2009 04:58 PM

Really enjoyed Two Dancers,and the vocals have a Billy MacKensie vibe I really liked.
On the whole a pretty good album what might improve the more I listen

indienerd 10-24-2009 02:56 PM

By the way, the Scooby Doo voice gives the songs off of that album some character. If you like it, you like.

It's like people complain about the singer from Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Their music just wouldn't be the same without Alec Ounsworth–certainly not better.

Zer0 05-15-2011 03:14 PM

Did anyone else get their new album Smother? I'm liking it so far but it seems to be a more difficult album to get into than Two Dancers, there seems to be a bit more experimentation and more complex rhythms but at the same time more variety. One noticeable difference is that Tom Flemming's vocals seem to be more present, his deep vocals complementing Hayden Thorpe's falsetto very well. The standout track for me so far is the final track 'End Come Too Soon'.

Mr November 05-15-2011 06:14 PM

Nice. The Vocals for this band are really interesting (not in the I don't like it so I'm trying to be nice kind of a way - but in the actual sense of it being intriguing) - you could have just said that the vocals for this band are really intriguing. - no that doesn't sound right.

Good band.

Flume 05-16-2011 11:24 AM

Smother is one of the best releases this year, so far at least.

ListenUp 05-17-2011 08:39 AM

Really interesting album. I love it when something genuinely different starts to receive the attention they deserve

Nosferatu Man 05-17-2011 11:18 AM

Just gave smother its first listen and initial thoughts are pretty positive need t listen to it a few more times though which i am looking forward to doing.

adidasss 06-24-2021 07:11 AM

Bump because it's been 10 years and I'm digging them again. Very solid output, except for the last album, all the other ones are quality material. After the first album they definitely get more refined and less "gimmicky". Now officially defunct, if anyone is wondering.

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