An Encounter with Wild Beasts

Posted by The G on August 13, 2010 under Encounters with G | Comments are off for this article

Photos taken with my hand.

Hayden Thorpe (Lead Singer of Wild Beasts) and G

No, I didn’t have an encounter with actual wild beasts, though that might also make quite a remarkable story.  I met the UK band Wild Beasts!  After playing a rockin’ set at the Highline Ballroom in New York on August 11, 2010, I chatted with the band.  They were all extremely nice and even apologized for not coming out sooner to come chat with me.  No worries guys!  Wild Beasts are nominated for the 2010 Mercury Prize for their awesome album “Two Dancers,” and I know I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for a victory!

Tom Fleming (Bass, Vocals) of Wild Beasts and G

Ben Little (Guitar) of Wild Beasts and G

When I spoke with Ben Little, I noticed that he wasn’t wearing any shoes.  He quickly explained that he’d taken off his shoes prior to the show and set them on the edge of the stage.  Someone stole them!  Unbelievable.  Worse yet, the band had to catch a 6:30 am flight so it is unclear whether or not he’ll be able to grab a pair in time for his flight.  The good news is, he’ll get through security a little quicker by not having to take off his shoes at the checkpoint.  If you have any news on the whereabouts of Ben Little’s shoes, please contact us!

Chris Talbot (Drummer of Wild Beasts) and G

Thanks again guys for rockin’ and for being so cool!

Wild Beasts live at Highline Ballroom

Posted by The G on August 12, 2010 under G Reviews | 3 Comments to Read

Photos by G.

Hayden Thorpe of Wild Beasts

England’s Wild Beasts played a sold out show at the Highline Ballroom in New York on August 11, 2010 and I was there to catch all the action.  After wonderful opening sets from Lone Wolf and The Kissaway Trail (more to come on both bands, so stay tuned), Wild Beasts showed the crowd why they are nominated for the 2010 Mercury Prize for best album for “Two Dancers.”  The awards ceremony takes place on September 7, 2010 in England, so keep your fingers crossed!  If you don’t know their music, the band is a little bit of indie rock mixed with ethereal dream pop.  Co-Lead Singer Hayden Thorpe has a countertenor voice and he sounds like a cross between Antony from Antony and the Johnsons mixed with Bono!  They played fan favorites such as “We Still Got The Taste Dancin’ On Our Tongues,” “Hooting and Howling,” and “Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants.”  Every song sounds ready made to be a stadium sing-a-long and I certainly look forward to hearing more great things to come from Wild Beasts.  I met the band after the show and they were extremely nice.  More to come on that encounter.  One quick note, when I spoke with Ben Little of Wild Beasts, he had mentioned that at the beginning of the show, he took off his shoes and left them at the edge of the stage.  Someone stole them! Not cool.  Worst of all, the band is catching a flight out of New York at 6:30 in the morning, so please return Ben’s shoes ASAP!

For now, see some more pictures as well as the set list, after the jump.

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