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Counting down to their Electric Picnic slot Wild Beasts‘s Hayden Thorpse talks Olympics, sexual identity and Liam Gallagher.
Ed Power, 28 Aug 2012
Since Smother came out last year, Wild Beasts have toured unceasingly (their best ever gig was a show in Cork, says Thorpe). With things finally starting to wind down they’re thinking about returning to the studio. The ambient, multi-layered Smother was a curve ball after 2010’s more conventional, Mercury-nominated Two Dancers. Expect their next LP to mark yet another directional veer.
“You should always make the record you want to make, not the record you think people want to hear,” Thorpe observes. “We’re in the fortunate position where people are quite interested in whatever we do next. Oddly, the risky option would be to play it safe. With Smother, we could have made another Two Dancers... only not as good. We chose a different option. We’ll do the same this time I think.”
He’s clear about one thing, however. If they’re to write another record, they’ll have to get off the road sooner rather than later.
“Touring does not make for interesting songs. It makes for broken minds and broken bodies. You don’t live in the realms of normal society. Going back to the real world can be quite exciting... all that watching and observing. We’re looking forward