WILD BEASTS with STILL LIFE STILL at the Pike Room

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 20, 2010
doors at 8PM
tickets: $10 (buy tickets)

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'Two Dancers' is the second WILD BEASTS album. Co-produced by the band and northern enigma Richard Formby in remote Norfolk earlier this year, it follows 2008’s widely celebrated debut Limbo, Panto. The result is a record of tightrope-high drama, put simply, 'Two Dancers' finds the Wild Beasts on fire. 'Two Dancers' is alive with its sense of possibility, a sound that shimmers and sways in the band’s own mercurial fashion. Sit back and listen with wonder at the thrill of it all. 'Two Dancers' inhabits its own landscape, as Tom Fleming says, it’s “a series of scenes… a big party, the street outside later on, or in a bedroom, or desperately hungry and starving to death on a distant beach.” The words ‘bedroom’, ‘desperately’ and ‘party’ perfectly capture the energies at work in Two Dancers. Equal to the euphoria and sense of expectation is a feeling of helplessness. Hedonism can produce a long night of the soul that burns on wired emotions, and on what Fleming calls “meaningless lust”. The album’s lead single Hooting And Howling, from its title down, captures this perfectly. Consisting of a staring match between guitarist Benny Little and lead vocalist Hayden Thorpe, Hooting and Howling is equal parts statement of intent, and relentless eye contact from a priapic state of mind. As with rest of the album, it feels slightly delirious, having turned itself inside out and finding a state of unique musical grace.

With STILL LIFE STILL.

 

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