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Wild Beasts
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Background information
OriginKendal, England
GenresIndie rock,[1] art rock, dream pop, synth pop[2][3]
Years active2002–present
  • Domino
  • Bad Sneakers
Associated actsSky Larkin
WebsiteWild Beasts.co.uk
MembersHayden Thorpe
Ben Little
Chris Talbot
Tom Fleming
Past membersGareth Bullock
Katie Harkin

Wild Beasts are an indie rock band from the United Kingdom. They released their first single, "Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants", on Bad Sneakers Records in November 2006, and subsequently signed to Domino Records. They have released five acclaimed albums, Limbo, Panto in 2008, Two Dancers in 2009, Smother in 2011, Present Tense in 2014 and Boy King in 2016. Two Dancers was nominated for the Mercury Prize.


  • 1 History
  • 2 Discography
    • 2.1 Albums
    • 2.2 EPs
    • 2.3 Singles
    • 2.4 Remixes
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links


In 2002, Queen Katherine School students Hayden Thorpe and Ben Little formed the duo Fauve, the French term for "wild beast", and began writing songs. In January 2004, drummer Chris "Bert" Talbot and bassist Gareth "Gaz" Bullock, joined and the band's name became Wild Beasts.[4] The quartet recorded their eponymous demo EP in June 2004. In September 2005, the band relocated to Leeds and Tom Fleming replaced Bullock full-time bassist. They played their first Leeds gig at Trash (formerly The Mixing Tin). The new quartet recorded two further demo EPs, Esprit De Corps and All Men.

Wild Beasts signed to Bad Sneakers Records in August 2006. They recorded a live session of three tracks in November 2006 for Marc Riley's Brain Surgery on BBC Radio 6 Music.[5] Bad Sneakers released "Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants" on 20 November.[6] With Hayden's "enormous falsetto voice, which soars over chiming guitars",[6] the single was placed at number 17 in the UK indie chart.

In February 2007, Wild Beasts signed to Domino Records.[7] A second single was released on Bad Sneakers Records in April 2007, "Through Dark Night".[8] In May 2007, music magazine NME listed Wild Beasts as one of ten bands "tipped for the top".[9] Wild Beasts' debut album Limbo, Panto, described as "shocking, funny, and above all irrevocable",[10] was released on 16 June 2008, with "The Devil's Crayon" single following on 30 June.

The band's second album Two Dancers was released in August 2009 and was widely acclaimed; it featured in many end of year best albums lists for 2009.[11][12][13] It was nominated for the 2010 Mercury Prize. Wild Beasts' third studio album, entitled Smother, was released in May 2011.[14] The band subsequently announced the addition of touring band member Katie Harkin from Sky Larkin.[15] They won the 2011 London Awards for Art and Performance.

The band released their fourth studio album Present Tense on 24 February 2014.

Their fifth studio album, Boy King was released on 5 August 2016 also on Domino Records.


  • Limbo, Panto (Domino Records, 2008)
  • Two Dancers (Domino Records, 2009) UK No. 68
  • Smother (Domino Records, 2011) UK No. 17[16]
  • Present Tense (Domino Records, 2014) UK No. 10
  • Boy King (Domino Records, 2016) UK No. 9


  • Wild Beasts (2004)
  • Esprit De Corps (2005)
  • All Men (2005)
  • Reach a Bit Further (2011)


  • "Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants" / "The Old Dog" (Bad Sneakers Records, 2006)
  • "Through Dark Night" / "Please Sir" (Bad Sneakers Records, 2007)
  • "Assembly" / "Sylvia, a Melodrama" (Domino Records, 2007)
  • "The Devil's Crayon" / "Treacle Tin" (Domino Records, 2008)
  • "Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants" / "Mummy's Boy" (Domino Records, 2008)
  • "Hooting & Howling" / "Through the Iron Gate" (Domino Records, 2009)
  • "All the King's Men" (Domino Records, 2009)
  • "We Still Got the Taste Dancin' On Our Tongues" (Domino Records, 2010)
  • "Albatross" / "Smother" (Domino Records, 2011)
  • "Bed of Nails" / "Catherine Wheel" (Domino Records, 2011)
  • "Reach a Bit Further" / "Thankless Thing" (Domino Records, 2011)
  • "Stray" (digital download, Domino Records, 2012)
  • "Wanderlust" / "Byzantine" (Domino Records, 2014)
  • "Sweet Spot" (Domino Records, 2014)
  • "A Simple Beautiful Truth" (Domino Records, 2014)
  • "Mecca" (Domino Records, 2014)
  • "Woebegone Wanderers II" (Domino Records, 2015)
  • "Get My Bang" (Domino Records, 2016)
  • "Big Cat" (Domino Records, 2016)
  • "Alpha Female" (Domino Records, 2017)


  • Lady Gaga - "You and I"[17]
  • 2:54 - "You're Early"
  • Jessie Ware - "Night Light"
  • Nimmo and the Gauntletts - "Others"


  1. ^ Bevan, David. "Wild Beasts – Smother". Pitchfork. Retrieved 14 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Fulton, Katherine. "Wild Beasts – Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 12 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Pearis, Bill (12 August 2009). "Wild Beasts – new album, MP3, 2009 tour dates, 3 NYC shows". Brooklynvegan.com. Retrieved 12 June 2011. 
  4. ^ Hargreaves, Ellie. 2006-11-17 Westmorland Gazette "Wild about the Beasts."
  5. ^ "BBC Radio 6 Music - Marc Riley". Bbc.co.uk. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2014-08-01. 
  6. ^ a b Dave Simpson. "First Sight: Wild Beasts | Music | The Guardian". Music.guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-08-01. 
  7. ^ "Domino | News". Dominorecordco.com. Retrieved 2014-08-01. 
  8. ^ Knight, Beverely. 2007-04-21 Music Week "The playlist." Page 3.
  9. ^ Hargreaves, Ellie. 2007-05-23 ThisisTheLakeDistrict.co.uk. "NME Hails Kendal Band "Must See"" Section: leisure
  10. ^ Kharas, Kev (2008-05-02). "New album: goose-pimpled gods Wild Beasts take debut bow / Music News // Drowned In Sound". Drownedinsound.com. Retrieved 2014-08-01. 
  11. ^ "Music - Review of Wild Beasts - Two Dancers". BBC. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2014-08-01. 
  12. ^ Baynes, Chris. "Wild Beasts: Two Dancers". PopMatters. Retrieved 2014-08-01. 
  13. ^ "Unknown". The Times. Retrieved 2014-08-01.  (subscription required)
  14. ^ Meatto, Keith. 2011-05-17 Wild at Heart – A Review of Smother Obtained 2011-05-17.
  15. ^ "BBC Radio 6 Music - Marc Riley - Episodes by date, 2011". Bbc.co.uk. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2014-08-01. 
  16. ^ "ChartArchive - Wild Beasts - Smother". Archive.is. 2011-05-21. Retrieved 2014-08-01. 
  17. ^ "iTunes - Music - Yoü and I (The Remixes) by Lady Gaga". Itunes.apple.com. 2011-09-18. Retrieved 2014-08-01. 

External links

  • Wild Beasts official website
  • Bad Sneakers Records

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