If you’re not familiar with indie band Wild Beasts, then get busy– the buzz about the band is huge and rightly so. They’re a foursome from Kendal, England, who released their fourth album “Present Tense,” earlier this year on Domino.
“Mecca” is the latest single, with a video that’s overflowing with vibrant color and whimsy. It’s directed by Kate Moross, who’s worked with Disclosure and Jessie Ware. In the video, images are reflected, bright hues and merged with patterns of the ocean and weird shapes and arty paint scribbles. Every frame is mesmerizing. And it doesn’t hurt that the song is quiet and powerful at once with a synth melody that immediately hooks you in.
The band is sort of like a much cooler Coldplay, aided by an 80s/ new-wave vibe.
“I’m a pilgrim, you’re the shrine to/All the lovers that loved before us……Surrender your limbs to my every whim” — if that’s not sexy, I’m not sure what is.
If you like “Mecca,” then check out the video for “A Simple Beautiful Truth”– it’s just as good.
Wild Beasts are out on tour in Europe and will play with Arcade Fire July 3 at London’s Hyde Park. They’re headed for a U.S. headlining tour around the eastern U.S. and Canada, ending at Pitchfork Music Festival July 19.
Wild Beasts’ tour dates:
WILD BEASTS TOUR DATES:
Sat June 21 – Hilvarenbeek, Holland @ Best Kept Secret
Fri June 27 – Pilton, UK @ Glastonbury
Sun June 29 – Moscow, Russia @ Park Live
Thu July 3 – London, UK @ Hyde Park (w/ Arcade Fire)
Fri July 4 – Gdynia, Poland @ Open’er
Thu July 10 – New York, NY @ Hudson River Parks’ River Rocks (Pier 84)
Fri July 11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer w/ Mutual Benefit
Sat July 12 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club w/ Mutual Benefit
Mon July 14 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair w/ Mutual Benefit
Tues July 15 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre w/ Mutual Benefit
Wed July 16 – Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club
Fri July 18 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
Sat July 19 – Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival
Sun July 27 – Byron Bay, AUS @ Splendour In The Grass
Mon July 28 – Sydney, AUS @ Manning Bar
Tue July 29 – Melbourne, AUS @ The Prince Bandroom
Sun Aug 10 – Sicily, Italy @ Ypsig Rock Festival
Fri Aug 15 – Hasselt, Belgium @ Pukklepop
Sat Aug 16 – Budapest, Hungary @ Sziget
Sun Aug 17 – Hamburg, Germany @ Dockville
Fri Aug 22 – Paris, France @ Rock En Seine Festival
Sun Aug 31 – Dorset, UK @ End of the Road (headline)
Sat Sep 6 – Isle of Wight, UK @ Bestival
Wed Sep 10 – Rovinj , Croatia @ Unknown Festival
Fri Sep 12 – Barcelona, Spain @ Sala Apolo
Sat Sep 13 – Madrid, Spain @ Dcode Festival
Tue Oct 30 – Liverpool, UK @ Liverpool Music Week Festival