Laneway Presents Wild Beasts

Already announced on the 2014 Splendour In The Grass bill, Laneway Presents is psyched to confirm that English four-piece, WILD BEASTS, will be including a couple of sideshows on their anticipated return to Australia. With four albums under their belt, the foursome have carved out a distinct corner of the market; writing gloriously exuberant yet understated music paired with intelligent lyrics which become ingrained in your memory.


Monday, 28 July - Manning Bar, Sydney (18+) 1300 762 545

Tuesday, 29 July - Prince Bandroom, Melbourne (18+) 1300 762 545

Hailing from the Lake District, and with a near decade-long career under their belt, Wild Beasts will be touring off the back of their latest offering, Present Tense, which has seen them take a significantly varied direction. Since their last visit to Australia in July 2011, Hayden Thorpe, Tom Fleming, Chris Talbot and Ben Little took almost a full year away from touring to conceive and construct the eleven tracks on Present Tense.

Written in London and recorded between Konk Studios in London and at The Distillery in Bath, the band worked in close collaboration with co-producers Lexxx (M.I.A/Foals) and Brian Eno protégé Leo Abrahams to create a record of astounding intricacy, coherence and emotional resonance. Taking cues from the most intense and effervescent electronic sounds of 1980s and 1990s while rethinking and retooling these elements with exquisite detail for the 21st century, Present Tense is a dramatically new album – longer in creation than any of its predecessors.

Alongside its breathtaking leap in production, Present Tense also finds the band at the peak of their considerable songwriting powers. Each of the album’s 11 tracks illuminates the precious, tender, sad and funny moments of modern life in their trademark plain-spoken poetics, as heard on lead single ‘Wanderlust’ whose accompanying video was directed by Barcelona-based collective NYSU.


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