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Boomkat Product Review:
One of the more eccentrically geared bands on the current Domino roster, Leeds-based quartet Wild Beasts release this debut LP filled with titles like 'Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants' and 'Vigil For A Fuddy Duddy', which should give some indication of how militatntly wacky it all sounds. Beneath the superficial silliness there's some thoughtful, rather poetic songwriting at work though: 'Cheerio Chaps, Cheerio Goodbye' sounds like Anthony Burgess drafting up a suicide note for a circus performer in droog speak, with talk of being "just left bereft, well walloped, wanting to have warwhoopfully have wept" and having one's "pain played back, like crude happy slap, and for the laff.". In musical terms, the first single to be lifted from the album, 'The Devil's Crayon' shows just how potentially of-their-time this band are, managing to sound like a fusion of jangly math rock and the florid percussions of African pop (how do you feel about 'Mathro-beat'?) whilst destabilising the trend-spotting feel of it all with some of the craziest vocal excursions you're likely to encounter for a while. Hayden Thorpe fronts the band with a voice that's somewhere between Kate Bush, Jimmy Sommerville, Euros Childs, Antony Hegarty and the singer from that band Geneva - anyone else remember those guys? I think of them often.