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MCHUGHS BASEMENT BAR
FRIDAY 30 MAY
DOORS 7.30PM (EARLY SHOW! WITH BLACKOUT CLUB TO FOLLOW)
ADMISSION £6, TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM TICKETMASTER OUTLETS etc
Steve Lamacq favorites, and not too far short of topping NME's 'tipped for 2008' chart, the four boys of Wild Beasts aren't concerned with being of the modern, or being of the renaissance, being baggy pantsed or being tight pantsed, being in a scene or being in a place. Wild Beasts' music, being what it is, just is.
At sixteen years old, it was too late to become a footballer. So via default of desire, Benny Little and Hayden Norman Thorpe sat down together, with two guitars and Hayden singing, to write pop songs by the name of Fauve . The boys dabbled, deliberated and finally descended upon Leeds, living in a house together, that rested upon a basement fit enough to transplant The Unit from Cumbria to Yorkshire. By chaser of chance, respected musician and friend of the band from home, twenty year old Tom Fleming, lived close by in Leeds and was immediately touted as a Wild Beast. Tommy gracefully bore both bass and baritone and much was born out of the jubilant momentum that followed.
'Wild beast' is the English translation of 'fauve' - the designation assigned to an early twentieth century French painting movement with a reputation for exaggerated brush strokes and ultra-vivid colour. In that sense at least, audaciously flamboyant Cumbrian indie rock quartet Wild Beasts are well named. Already the recipients of extensive next-big-thing column inches and a fat contract from Domino Records, in singer Hayden Thorpe Wild Beasts possess one of the UK's most distinctive, nay eccentric, vocal stylists. Soaring from brusque bark to melodramatic falsetto at the twitch of a larynx, he's been compared to everyone from Tiny Tim to Kate Bush. 'The voice' tended to polarize early audiences, however. "We anticipated the reaction even before anyone had heard it, so it must have been a shock to us too, at first!" Thorpe admits. "We think it's funny when people call it 'the voice'. It's just what happens when I open my mouth. I think it sounds different in my head to how other people hear it."
Formed in 2002 by Thorpe and guitarist Ben Little at school in Kendal, the band eventually outgrew somnolent Lakeland, relocating to Leeds in 2005 with drummer Chris 'Bert' Talbot and bassist Tommy Fleming now on board. Their three EPs to date have prompted comparisons with early '80s Postcard Records pashas Orange Juice, but any resemblance is, they claim, purely coincidental. "The first time we heard Orange Juice was when the people at Domino gave us a compilation they were releasing", asserts Fleming. "We don't have any overt reference points."
The band's curiously opaque lyrics seem equally without precedent. Thorpe remains enigmatic about the subtext of songs called things like Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants, however. "The songs come from millions of sources. Everyday life, TV, books, film, newspapers, cigarette packets, muesli boxes... it's very hard to explain it. You wouldn't want to explain it and take the magic away from it."
Having toured extensively with the likes of Maximo Park and Jack Peñate, Wild Beasts are currently plotting a debut album which promises yet more uncompromising idiosyncrasy. As Thorpe puts it, "Things that are challenging and take time perhaps last longer."
DROWNED IN SOUND: "Like Broken Records, Wild Beasts have had to deal with their fair share of hype in the past few months. Unlike the Scots, distilling this Kendal-bred quartet's sound into a list of influences is nigh-on impossible. Let's try adjectives instead: operatic, theatrical, ambitious, artful, sublime, ridiculous and, tonight, pretty awesome to boot."
Panama Kings are a band born of frustration. Theoretically formed at the start of 2007 as a respite for members of other successful Northern Irish acts, they started writing and gigging in earnest towards the end of the year, making a firm impression in double-quick time. With a few simple goals to keep it fun, fresh and to create an indie-rock-dance-party suitable for clubs every bit as much as live shows, the band refuse to acknowledge any form of industry pressure and are resolute in their manifesto. Already drawing comparisons with indie luminaries such as Modest Mouse, Pixies, and the Walkmen, Panama Kings employ razor-sharp Gang Of Four guitars over dance-rock rhythms, frenetic keyboards and just enough Sonic Youth noise to stay this side of melodic, with Niall Kennedy’s Superchunk/ Flaming Lips-esque vocal style perhaps being the bands strongest suit. With a steady stream of well-received gigs since their inception, every show is a different kind of chaos and the band have big plans to take this carnage much further afield in ‘08. Having already recorded a session for Rory McConnell’s show on regional Radio One and garnered radio play from Radio Ulster’s Across The Line and Huw Stephens’ national Radio One show, there’s everything to suggest that 2008’s already on fire for Panama Kings.
this show now with added panama kings!
this is tomorrow! get down early to see Panama Kings!
I was sat upstairs for this (didn't actually mean to stay out...) and it sounded excellent.
Really wish I'd gone down, but I kept telling myself, "I'll be going in a minute, I'll be going in a minute..."