Laneway Presents Wild Beasts

02 May 2014

Already announced on the 2014 Splendour In The Grass bill, Laneway Presents can now confirm that English four-piece, Wild Beasts, will be including a couple of sideshows on their anticipated return to Australia.  With four albums under their belt, the foursome have carved out a distinct corner of the market for themselves; writing gloriously exuberant yet understated music paired with intelligent lyrics which become ingrained in your memory.

Their headline shows will take place at Sydney’s Manning Bar on Monday 28th July, and Melbourne’s Prince Bandroom on Tuesday 29th July.

Hailing from the Lake District, and with a near decade-long career under their belt, Wild Beasts will be touring off the back of their latest offering, Present Tense, which has seen them take a significantly varied direction.  Since their last visit to Australia in July 2011, Hayden Thorpe, Tom Fleming, Chris Talbot and Ben Little took almost a full year away from touring to conceive and construct the eleven tracks of Present Tense. Written in London and recorded between Konk Studios in London and at The Distillery in Bath, the band worked in close collaboration with co-producers Lexxx (M.I.A/Foals) and Brian Eno protégé Leo Abrahams to create a record of astounding intricacy, coherence and emotional resonance.  Taking cues from the most intense and effervescent electronic sounds of 1980s and 1990s while rethinking and retooling these elements with exquisite detail for the 21st century, Present Tense is a dramatically new album – longer in creation than any of its predecessors. 

Alongside its breathtaking leap in production, Present Tense also finds the band at the peak of their considerable songwriting powers. Each of the album’s eleven tracks illuminates the precious, tender, sad and funny moments of modern life in their trademark plain-spoken poetics, as heard on lead single ‘Wanderlust’ whose accompanying video was directed by Barcelona-based collective NYSU. Watch it HERE.

Supports Announced

JESSE DAVIDSON will be opening for Wild Beasts in Sydney and FRACTURES will support in Melbourne. 

With a voice that belies his eighteen years, Adelaide singer-songwriter Jesse Davidson, was a finalist in the 2012 triple j Unearthed High competition and has been collecting loyal fans since with his dreamy sounds and soaring voice.  Off the heels of his debut EP Oceans, recorded in his bedroom in the Adelaide foothills and at various Brisbane studios with members of The Preatures, Davidson has been touring relentlessly for the past few months, supporting the likes of Mac Demarco.

Melbourne’s Fractures is the musical alias of multi-instrumentalist Mark Zito.  His music brings together a range of disparate sounds and styles, in delicate and emotive songs.  Zito writes, produces, plays and sings all of his own material. He crafts the songs in his own studio, then brings them to life on stage with the help of his five-piece band. The release of Fractures' debut single 'Twisted' earned high critical praise reaching the #3 spot on The Hype Machine, with 300k + plays.



Monday 28th July | Manning Bar, Sydney
With special guest Jesse Davidson

Tuesday 29th July | Prince Bandroom, Melbourne
With special guest Fractures