Wild Beasts took to the stage at London’s Brixton Academy on Tuesday 1st April in what was arguably their biggest headline show to date, and crikey they didn’t disappoint. Following a sabbatical of almost three years since their last release, the band is currently touring latest album Present Tense (released back in February) and they unleashed a high energy, sonic experience upon the Brixton crowd.
With a more synth edge now to their sound, the unique and disparate vocals of Tom Fleming and Hayden Thorpe work in a wonderful tandem that, on the basis of this showing, is now really elevating the band to new, uncharted heights. There was a refreshing humbleness about the them too, seeming sincerely grateful and flattered by the vast turnout, with Tom Fleming even asking at one point “What are you all doing here?” Only using up two-thirds of the large Brixton stage, the band remained tight together in the centre and this was perhaps reflective of the apparent unity within, as well the fact that they are still a little unaccustomed to headlining such large spaces regularly.
Highlights from the show included new tracks Mecca, Nature Boy and Wanderlust along with back-catalogue offerings All The Kings Men and The Devil’s Crayon. The addition of a handful of dazzling lasers embellished the spectacle, ensuring the capacity crowd left brimming with excitement to see what this band produces next and, having paid their dues over the last seven years, it certainly seems like Wild Beasts are now hitting stride.
This reviewer’s gig of 2014 so far. Wild Beasts can be found at several of this summer’s festivals and new album Present Tense is out now.