Now lets be frank from the start, wild beasts last album was sex music. Full of tales of midnight trysts and debauched activity, lyrics such as 'my slipper in your bits' and 'trousers and blouses make excellent sheets down dimly lit streets' really set the tone for the album. The album is also great to actually have sex to, trust me, i've used it a lot, it works very well, lights out, curtains wide open to let the moon in and 'two dancers' on the stereo turned up loud. Boom. (Other great artists to get hot and sweaty to are the XX, Cat power and Salem, try them out, go on you saucy lot, i know you will).
I haven't managed to see the band since they released 3rd album 'smother' (great title) so i was very interested to see what the new songs sounded like live, i grabbed my assistant for the evening, the glamorous Erica Redgrave, and it was off to Shey Boo
1, The lion's share
2, Bed of nails
3, We still got the taste dancing on our tongues
5, The devil's crayon
6, The funpowder plot
7, His grinning skull
9, This is our lot
10, Loop the loop
11, Two dancers
12, Reach a bit further
13, Hooting and howling
15, All the kings men
16, End come too soon
Hooting and howling: http://youtu.be/DwHoh2vNdiA
All the kings men: http://youtu.be/4sxh5zMbNAo
This was the second of two nights at Shey Boo for the lads, this show having to be added because the first sold out instantly, They started with a couple of new songs off 'Smother'. 'The lion's share' and 'Bed of nails' enticing the crowd in with their seductive, theatrical tones. Most of the latest album was played tonight actually, a good sign from the boys that they are keen to keep moving forward, it's a little synthier than we're used to but still very much the wild beasts signature sound. Only two tracks from debut 'Limbo panto' got an airing. The biggest reaction tonight though was predictably for the epic tunes from 'Two dancers', 'Funpowder plot', 'Hooting and howling' and 'All the kings men' were massive, Hayden Thorpe and Tom Fleming swapping singing duties aswell as instruments and really showing off their talent. I'm a huge Beasts fan but i would warn you that you need to be familiar with all their stuff before seeing them live because to an unfamiliar ear it can seem a little samey.
Venue: i have said it before, great if u go on the upper levels, you don't have to sit down with the squares, you can stand in the spacious walk way at the back and get the best view with the easiest route to the bars, if your in the mosh on the ground floor you aint getting a drink, you aint going to the loo and your gonna get squashed, maybe i'm just getting old!!
Drinks: fair, pub prices, no complaints, turborg lager though, shit.
Crowd: on the whole a slightly more mature crowd, not olds like the wallies you get at glasto though, olds that you can tell are still in the know.
Dan i don't care about any of this, i just wanna know if they looked fucking cool????: Lead singer Hayden Thorpe is pretty cool, good hair, good garms, need to have a little word with the other three though, especially Tom Fleming, i'm not having the skin tight vest and beanie combo, Erica summed it up when she said he looked like a gay porn version of the edge from U2! haha this description was bang on!
Buyer at Selfridges, from Leeds
So El, what did you think?
Really enjoyed it, never seen them live before, i love the second album so to hear those tunes was great, with the newer stuff i did think it was a little familiar but there was enough to make me want to buy the album. Mostly i was impressed with their musicianship and their singing! Amazing! They were projecting their voices perfectly, never strained, my sister is classically trained and i see signs of that in these boys.
Haven't you done a bit of singing?
errrr in the choir when i was younger
i was thinking more of you up onstage going for it in the birdcage down colombia road on a friday night?
oh no!!!! stop it Dan, STOP IT! hahahaha
Finally, Miss Redgrave, what was the 1st tune that popped upon your shuffle on your commute to work this morning?
Chaka Khan, i feel for you!!
Yep put me in a good mood for the day!
Right guys, stay tuned, got some great gigs coming up, in the next couple of weeks i'm going to see La Shark, Blood Orange, Das Racist and Spector, i'll keep you posted!!! bye for now! x