Wild Beasts - Limbo Panto

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i like!

goole, Friday, 21 November 2008 02:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

singing on the far side of moz/rufus wainwright overwrought + clever arranging + airy, echoey production

goole, Friday, 21 November 2008 02:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

Prefered their first demos CD. The production on the album is a little off.

Enrique (Raw Patrick), Friday, 21 November 2008 09:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

heh Enrique indiesnob! ;)

one of my favourite releases of this year. it's really something else. hate the singer's moustache though.

Ludo, Friday, 21 November 2008 10:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

v interesting! sounds like morrissey + scott walker + other things i cant put my finger on. 2 songs in

k3vin k., Monday, 8 December 2008 01:17 (ten years ago) Permalink

[i suppose k3vin k and myself found this via the quietus eoy list?]. yeah, this is a terrific album. not all the songs are great but at least they don't sound like every other UK indie band. the vocals remind me of antony and russell mael. the lyrics are terrific - weird and fatalistic.

nonightsweats, Saturday, 13 December 2008 21:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

This is pure pleasure to listen to.

Eyeball Kicks, Saturday, 7 February 2009 21:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Word is the new one is meant to be even better.

First single:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/video/2009/jun/17/wild-beasts-hooting-howling

Jamie_ATP, Wednesday, 17 June 2009 12:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

Starts quite promisingly, turned it off before the end. STOP REPEATING THE SONG-TITLE AD NAUSEAM IT IS A GROSS AND STUPID HABIT

Also, that riff gets very irritating.

gosh I actually dig this shit (country matters), Wednesday, 17 June 2009 12:44 (nine years ago) Permalink

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41VNHsk82pL._SL500_AA240_.jpg

Kinda looking forward to hearing this. Wasn't sure about the first one, quite liked the Billy Mackenzie-isms, but thought the music could have been a bit more ambitious to match. Having said that, have hammered 'His Grinning Skull' to death, which I guess is as bog-standard indie as they come, sonics-wise.

Enemy Insects (NickB), Wednesday, 17 June 2009 13:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Am really enjoying the new one.

The production is lovely. The guitars are kinda reminiscent of the slower numbers on Foals' Antidotes. At least to my ears.

Barnaby, Hardly, Monday, 6 July 2009 14:33 (nine years ago) Permalink

wow that was really good

goole, Monday, 6 July 2009 15:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

Wonderful album. Probably going to be up there as best British album of the year unless something unexpected pops up.

Jamie_ATP, Wednesday, 15 July 2009 08:08 (nine years ago) Permalink

a new one already? wow that's fast. looking forward to it.

Ludo, Wednesday, 15 July 2009 08:19 (nine years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

New one would appear to be streaming via the NME:

http://www.nme.com/news/wild-beasts--2/46335

Joerg Hi Dere (NickB), Wednesday, 29 July 2009 14:28 (nine years ago) Permalink

This is all very pleasant and even harmonious to listen to (track 4 especially) but I doubt I'll be returning much to it.

One idiot even called me "redcoat" because I'm (country matters), Wednesday, 29 July 2009 15:15 (nine years ago) Permalink

"two dancers ii" and "all the king's men" are WONDERFUL.

sean gramophone, Wednesday, 29 July 2009 15:51 (nine years ago) Permalink

"all the king's men" was quite good I guess and there was one near the end I liked too but hmm.

One idiot even called me "redcoat" because I'm (country matters), Wednesday, 29 July 2009 15:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

"two dancers ii" and "all the king's men" are WONDERFUL.

Just listening now. These are both Tommy songs aren't they? He had the best two on the first album as well IMO (Devil's Crayon and His Grinning Skull).

Joerg Hi Dere (NickB), Wednesday, 29 July 2009 16:02 (nine years ago) Permalink

ok this is batshit insane, kudos!

cutty, Thursday, 6 August 2009 23:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

they've never made anything better than "brave bulging buoyant clairvoyants" and this new stuff sounds like the younger brothers of the guillemots

heave imho (J0rdan S.), Friday, 7 August 2009 01:10 (nine years ago) Permalink

yeah but i like the guillemots

cutty, Friday, 7 August 2009 01:55 (nine years ago) Permalink

funny how this band suffers from XTC-syndrome. quirky so-called "lead" singer overshadowed by bassists better songwriting!

loving "two dancers"

cutty, Sunday, 9 August 2009 00:51 (nine years ago) Permalink

wow you guys could give two shits about this band. i'm freaking out over here.

cutty, Tuesday, 11 August 2009 14:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

This gets better with repeat listens. Last two tracks especially good. Maintain that 'The Old Dog' from the first album is their best song.

cockles (country matters), Tuesday, 11 August 2009 14:42 (nine years ago) Permalink

It's brilliant. Stunning. Uber. only went in at 68 on album charts :-(

Jamie_ATP, Tuesday, 11 August 2009 14:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

"Hooting & Howling" still irritates me. "When I'm Sleepy" is a beautiful little song that deserves to be 3x as long as it is. Rest is growing, as I say.

cockles (country matters), Tuesday, 11 August 2009 14:51 (nine years ago) Permalink

the last track is truly a remarkable thing

cutty, Tuesday, 11 August 2009 14:53 (nine years ago) Permalink

yar it is pretty awes

cockles (country matters), Tuesday, 11 August 2009 14:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

Just got it yesterday. Am liking the first few songs, then it all seems to fizzle out a bit. I want to like it though, am hoping all will be revealed over time.

Joerg Hi Dere (NickB), Tuesday, 11 August 2009 15:01 (nine years ago) Permalink

second side is a grower.

Jamie_ATP, Tuesday, 11 August 2009 15:04 (nine years ago) Permalink

second side better than the first

cutty, Tuesday, 11 August 2009 15:11 (nine years ago) Permalink

from the title track (two dancers i and ii) until the end

cutty, Tuesday, 11 August 2009 15:11 (nine years ago) Permalink

shit this gets exponentially better with every listen, 'this is our lot' being the new discovery

cockles (country matters), Tuesday, 11 August 2009 15:21 (nine years ago) Permalink

also the reason it only got to no. 68 in the chance? Begins with S, ends with y, and has 'potif' in the middle.

cockles (country matters), Tuesday, 11 August 2009 15:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

Charts, even. o_O

cockles (country matters), Tuesday, 11 August 2009 15:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

they don't sound similar to much else out there, besides certain lapses into early U2 guitar jangle. i think "this is our lot" mostly does this.

cutty, Tuesday, 11 August 2009 15:24 (nine years ago) Permalink

i loved the hell out of the first one, keep forgetting to pick this up!

Baitullah Sumdud (goole), Tuesday, 11 August 2009 15:27 (nine years ago) Permalink

Cutty, I know what you mean about U2, it's been reminding me of that 80s stadium rock thing too. Sounds a bit like Interpol too in parts. These are the bits I'm shying away from at the moment tbh.

Joerg Hi Dere (NickB), Tuesday, 11 August 2009 15:33 (nine years ago) Permalink

despite being a jammy bastard and getting a promo of this a while back, had to go buy it on vinyl too. i cant quite put my finger on why i like it so much and reason tells me i should be a bit bored of it by now. but i'm not. pitchfork better give it mad props.

Jamie_ATP, Wednesday, 19 August 2009 11:28 (nine years ago) Permalink

who cares what pitchfork says

cutty, Wednesday, 19 August 2009 12:04 (nine years ago) Permalink

well i hope they give it a good review for the bands benefit and because a lot more people would love it if it got some nice U.S. based press.

Jamie_ATP, Wednesday, 19 August 2009 13:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

hurrah. 8.4 and a best new music. works for me.

Jamie_ATP, Monday, 31 August 2009 17:53 (nine years ago) Permalink

everything u wanted bro

cutty, Monday, 31 August 2009 17:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

Kinda irks me that the PF review says they're from Leeds.

Leeds is 100 miles from Kendal (where they're actually from).

Barnaby, Hardly, Monday, 31 August 2009 18:05 (nine years ago) Permalink

We Still Got The Taste Dancin' On Our Tongues was absolutely *phenomenal* live, and the rest wasn't far behind (This Is Our Lot being maybe the pick)

kevision questler (country matters), Thursday, 10 September 2009 15:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

going to see them tonight.

cutty, Thursday, 10 September 2009 15:17 (nine years ago) Permalink

...and this was in a big tent, with festival production values. my friend said that this was 'really good, and maybe about half as good as when i saw them at a club' so you're in for a treat! although they didn't play 'through the iron gate' or 'the old dog'. ah well. 'hooting & howling' grows on me every time i hear it btw

kevision questler (country matters), Thursday, 10 September 2009 15:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

also i was not expecting the two singers to exchange lead/backing parts, electric/bass guitar and keys with such unpredictable dexterity

kevision questler (country matters), Thursday, 10 September 2009 15:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

Going to see them next month. I only recently bought a ticket after they'd been on sale for a few weeks and I still got given ticket number 001. No pushing at the front please.

Peinlich Manoeuvre (NickB), Thursday, 10 September 2009 15:25 (nine years ago) Permalink

well i take that back apparently it's a bonus track/companion piece

bitcoin bajas (diamonddave85), Friday, 29 July 2016 19:23 (two years ago) Permalink

some sort of ambient thing?

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Friday, 29 July 2016 19:31 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah like an ambient/demos/acoustic/lofi sound collage

bitcoin bajas (diamonddave85), Friday, 29 July 2016 19:33 (two years ago) Permalink

So uh I kinda love this album

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Saturday, 30 July 2016 08:23 (two years ago) Permalink

It's produced by John Congleton so the St Vincent thing is understandable.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Sunday, 31 July 2016 06:27 (two years ago) Permalink

This is a slight improvement over Present Tense for me but it's nowhere near the quality of the first three albums. I don't really have any use for the first four songs. Tough Guy does sound a lot like St Vincent, it sounds like a bad impression of Birth In Reverse. I do really like the run from Celestial Creatures to He The Colossus but that's about it.

Kitchen Person, Sunday, 31 July 2016 15:33 (two years ago) Permalink

"2BU" is the standout for me.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Sunday, 31 July 2016 15:43 (two years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I like that one a lot. Those 80s synths are a nice touch.

Kitchen Person, Sunday, 31 July 2016 15:46 (two years ago) Permalink

Oh wow: I actually came here for the first time in years to start a thread asking after a survey of quavery voices — edgy things in the Wild Beasts / Parenthetical Girls / Frog Eyes kind of vein — and this was already sitting on top of New Answers!

ንፁህ አበበ (nabisco), Sunday, 31 July 2016 17:09 (two years ago) Permalink

I generally agree with your assessment, KP, though I think "Present Tense" is very solid. Overall I feel the lyrics on the new one are really weak, which puts me off. From what I've read this is sort of an album they wanted to get out of their system.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Sunday, 31 July 2016 17:39 (two years ago) Permalink

Getting big Simple Minds vibes from this one

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Monday, 1 August 2016 10:16 (two years ago) Permalink

Bonus tracks/b-sides are kicking around, and they're top-notch as always. "Maze" is a beauty.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Monday, 8 August 2016 03:50 (two years ago) Permalink

Yes, I think "Maze" is wonderful.

michaellambert, Monday, 8 August 2016 18:23 (two years ago) Permalink

Where can I get Maze? Can't see it on iTunes.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 8 August 2016 20:56 (two years ago) Permalink

I have it on the bonus 7" that came with the deluxe vinyl.

michaellambert, Tuesday, 9 August 2016 12:39 (two years ago) Permalink

*loathing* this so far. what the living fuck happened to these guys?

piscesx, Tuesday, 9 August 2016 18:48 (two years ago) Permalink

I'm not blown away but loathing is v strong. Last one was a mellow grower. What's upsetting you?

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 9 August 2016 20:55 (two years ago) Permalink

i'm kind of enjoying the butt-rock touches

goole, Tuesday, 9 August 2016 21:04 (two years ago) Permalink

i dunno man. you're right though.. i need to stay away from it and re-listen in 6 months. i think the Pitch4k review nails it

http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/22139-boy-king/

piscesx, Tuesday, 9 August 2016 21:04 (two years ago) Permalink

I don't hate the new album but I'm so disappointed in how much they've fallen off since Smother. First two records are perfect and Smother is really great but they've completely lost me on these latest two. Even the best songs on these albums don't come anywhere near the quality of their earlier albums.

Kitchen Person, Tuesday, 9 August 2016 21:21 (two years ago) Permalink

That Pitchfork review is just about spot on. 6.8 is pretty generous though.

Kitchen Person, Tuesday, 9 August 2016 21:22 (two years ago) Permalink

It's their Hot Space

the european nikon is here (grauschleier), Wednesday, 10 August 2016 07:39 (two years ago) Permalink

The first album is horrific imo other than Devil's Crayon. Two Dancers was where they really got it together, Smother was a continuation and then the two most recent ones are merely OK.

art baengels (monotony), Wednesday, 10 August 2016 09:27 (two years ago) Permalink

The first album is horrific imo other than Devil's Crayon

i can see that album would jar greatly if you don't like the particular histrionics on it but HIS GRINNING SKULL is surely the best song they ever made

Rae Kwoniff (NickB), Wednesday, 10 August 2016 09:45 (two years ago) Permalink

(i don't know why i shouted that song title, sorry if that sounded hostile)

Rae Kwoniff (NickB), Wednesday, 10 August 2016 09:49 (two years ago) Permalink

They haven't duetted properly since Smother, have they?

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 10 August 2016 17:29 (two years ago) Permalink

I liked all four tracks they previewed, when heard in isolation, but the album as a whole is seriously underwhelming me :(

'Smother' is their peak for me ...

Steve Reich In The Afternoon (Against The 80s), Wednesday, 10 August 2016 18:17 (two years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

finally saw these guys last night, pretty great show and a nice escape from the overwhelming sadness and existential dread of the day

the baritone singer completely stole the show, what a set of pipes on that one!

bitcoin bajas (diamonddave85), Thursday, 10 November 2016 17:23 (two years ago) Permalink

the boy king tracks sounded good live, though they were kinda hamming it up while performing them. for me wild beasts has always had a sophisticated swagger but here they were miming cock-rock tropes, complete with jackson guitar finger tapping and some crotch thrusting

bitcoin bajas (diamonddave85), Thursday, 10 November 2016 17:27 (two years ago) Permalink

I saw them a month or so ago and the 'Boy King' songs came across as if they were made for playing live - more direct and forceful. Was an excellent show.

michaellambert, Thursday, 10 November 2016 20:40 (two years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

RIP Wild Beasts. A shock but also somehow inevitable after the last album. At their peak they were extraordinary. I guess we all have our favourite moment..
Upload your favourite moment here!

https://youtu.be/H3xlfrlsLJo

piscesx, Monday, 25 September 2017 09:31 (one year ago) Permalink

I played Two Dancers yesterday for the first time in a few years, it’s still completely fantastic.

nate woolls, Monday, 25 September 2017 09:50 (one year ago) Permalink

Why inevitable? Boy King never stuck with me and seemed a step in the wrong direction but it wasn't something they couldn't have recovered from. Sad

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Monday, 25 September 2017 10:00 (one year ago) Permalink

A shame, those first two records are forever.

devvvine, Monday, 25 September 2017 11:10 (one year ago) Permalink

the first four are forever. my favorite group of the period I think. shame.

gospodin simmel, Monday, 25 September 2017 12:28 (one year ago) Permalink

I at least liked all their albums tbh. I caught them on the Smother tour and they were very good.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Monday, 25 September 2017 12:28 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm with you, Gospodin. At this point I'll wait for the inevitable reformation and return to form.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 25 September 2017 12:56 (one year ago) Permalink

That's a shame that they've gone out on such a weak album. I think they got worse with each release, but those first two are absolutely perfect. Smother is great too, but isn't quite in the same league as Limbo Panto and Two Dancers. The last two albums were totally forgettable. I was hoping they'd be able to regain my interest somehow.

kitchen person, Monday, 25 September 2017 14:11 (one year ago) Permalink

Their b-sides were so good, hope they do a comp

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Monday, 25 September 2017 14:18 (one year ago) Permalink

I saw them on the 'Boy King' tour and thought the songs from that album made quite a bit more sense live - like they were more direct and streamlined and likely to come across better on the festival circuit. Was a very good gig, pretty well balanced set.

michaellambert, Monday, 25 September 2017 17:47 (one year ago) Permalink

Two Dancers and Smother are absolute, stone cold classics. Present Tense is very good. Limbo Panto is pretty good. Boy King didn't know where to go; it also broke the narrative arc - onanistic adolescents, whooping lads on the town, falling in love/ infatuation, domestic bliss. Midlife crisis? I'm sad. Great band, fabulous live. And yes, some cracking b sides. Thankless Thing!

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 26 September 2017 05:14 (one year ago) Permalink

They're releasing one last EP of Boy King outtakes, which guess makes this their last newly released song

https://open.spotify.com/track/6b3HeQ00jtHHG9hBU92atJ

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Tuesday, 26 September 2017 16:51 (one year ago) Permalink

New interview with Hayden doesn't really shed any light on the reason behind the split

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Tuesday, 26 September 2017 19:42 (one year ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Final shows tonight, tomorrow and Saturday; Dublin, Manchester, and London.

Q posted their final interview earlier; quite sweet this. Kinda poignant too obviously

https://www.qthemusic.com/articles/wild-beasts-this-is-the-end-my-friends

One for the Rock Stars Who Went Back To Work thread; one's a roofer now, one is training in accountancy.

piscesx, Thursday, 15 February 2018 19:48 (one year ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

We're all quiffed and cropped,
This is our lot,
We hold each other up heavy with hops.

This Is Our Lot is so fucking good.

Have the Rams stopped screaming yet, Lloris? (Chinaski), Saturday, 29 September 2018 21:21 (six months ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Hayden's new thing

https://divinerdiviner.com/

piscesx, Friday, 15 February 2019 05:31 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

New song

https://youtu.be/4uPHw6zFpto

Steve Reich In The Afternoon (Against The 80s), Tuesday, 9 April 2019 14:17 (one week ago) Permalink

Try that again ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uPHw6zFpto

Steve Reich In The Afternoon (Against The 80s), Tuesday, 9 April 2019 14:18 (one week ago) Permalink

I like this a lot. It sounds exactly like you'd expect a WBs solo offshoot to sound like, but in a good way.

Simon H., Tuesday, 9 April 2019 14:18 (one week ago) Permalink

Hey, that's really good! Looking forward to this after the final album, which is decidedly not my cup of tea.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 9 April 2019 19:54 (one week ago) Permalink


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