Out of the shadows come Wild Beasts

editorial image

MERCURY-nominated Wild Beasts had a great year last year with their third album, Smother, receiving rave reviews in the national press.

Over the last few years their popularity has swelled, boosted by an appearance on Jools Holland and a Mercury Prize nomination for their second album, Two Dancers. Now, the Cumbrian quartet are set to take to the Copper Rooms at Warwick University SU on Sunday March 11.

Their haunting style of soft, dreamy indie rock strikes the balance between creating a unique ambience while remaining accessible to the masses. Their material has won them favourable comparisons with bands like Spiritualized and a dedicated cult following. Anyone familiar with them will understand why. Of their latest album, Smother, the BBC’s MIke Diver said: “They are, right now, the most inspirational, intriguing, effortlessly enrapturing band at work on these shores.

“They are a vivid example of Britain’s ever-evolving, always riveting relationship with pop, able to court commercial audiences while maintaining an important air of confidence, of conviction, with their craft.”

Although they’ve been tipped for the top by leading music press in recent years, Wild Beasts haven’t so much been a hype band as slow burners. There’s been gradual fan base building from frequent appearances at small festivals and gigs and they’ve built an enviable reputation on the road for captivating and engaging with listeners rather than just performing.

For tickets, log on to www.warwicksu.com