We imagine the audience is sitting down. The lights behind the band scream "plush velvet seats" and "intermission with dry martinis and cappuccino." That is, in ways we have not realized until watching this full live set, a very appropriate way to watch Wild Beasts, a band whose considered rock appeal is not dissimilar to that of theater. There are many moving parts, some close vocal interactions and lot of feelings being exposed. We recently found out Wild Beats are much younger than we realized, as we'd given them credit for having knowledge from the experiences of long life(like at least 30 years) —their songs always seem so wizened. But they're babyfaced and newly traversing the world of adulthood, which leaves their appearance at Hoxton Hall (it sounds so important) all the more intimidating. Though it's clearly been finished for some time, we're still nervous for them. Go gently into the night, young lads. Like night club, not like a death metaphor. Check out Wild Beasts playing "Hooting and Howling" above and the rest of the set on their site.
October 21, 2009