JULY 4-7, 2018 GDYNIA


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Wild Beasts are more of a band than most bands. It's weird, because they've spent their career trying to escape the constraints of what is expected from four lads playing together, more than ever on the deliberately synthetic, instrument-swapping Present Tense.Longer in creation than any of its predecessors, Hayden Thorpe, Tom Fleming, Chris Talbot and Ben Little took almost a full year away from touring to conceive and construct the eleven tracks. The band worked in close collaboration with co-producersLexxx and Brian Eno protégé Leo Abrahams to create a record of astounding intricacy, coherence and emotional resonance.

These four young men from the same rural town, who've known one another from childhood, spent years on the rock'n'roll rollercoaster and produced some extraordinary records and shows along the way. This is a band who (like all the greatest artists) create their own world, and second, they take nothing for granted. And it's been the case from the day Hayden and Ben, then later Chris, started the band Fauves (“Wild Beasts” in French: ahh the glorious pretension of youth) in the picturesque surrounds of Kendal, Cumbria, and from there to Leeds, where fellow Kendal boy Tom joined and where their deal with Domino was done, they kept on not allowing anything outside their world to distract them. And so their debut album, Limbo Panto, made when they were still all only 21, sounds like nothing else on Earth.

Though they have lived a non-stop touring life since Limbo Panto, they have at every step taken pause to re-assess the totality of the band and what they all want. You can hear it in the suavely grooving Two Dancers and the more swooning, swooping Smother made after the band finally left Leeds for London: while they are indeed part of the continual unfolding of Wild Beasts' big ideas, on each the band is completely locked together in a new way. On Present Tense, they have redefined, regrouped and created new ways of working. Present Tense is a dramatically new album – taking cues from the most intense and effervescent of 1980s and 1990s electronic sound but rethinking and retooling these elements with exquisite detail for the 21st century.

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