Wild Beasts | 22/02/11

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Following on from the success of their critically acclaimed and mercury nominated second album Two Dancers, Wild Beasts are preparing to unveil the next chapter in their career with the release of their much anticipated new album, Smother, on 9 May, 2011.

Never ones to conform, on Smother Wild Beasts have almost gone inwards, embracing their more electronic influences to create a collection of deeply intense and personal songs that pulse with quiet storm sensuality. The result of a heavy six week period of writing in East London, tied in with a month of recording the record in remotest Wales with long term collaborator Richard Formby co-producing, Smother is very much so an album in the traditional sense; 10 evocative songs that sound as if they couldn't exist anywhere outside of this record. Delicate, yet bold, Smother is the kind of record that quietly grabs a hold of you and doesn't let go and confirms what so many people have always suspected of Wild Beasts; that they are a truly special, unique British band who aren't afraid to wander into unfamiliar territories.

Smother will be available on CD (WIGCD267), LP (WIGLP267) and via digital download (WIG267D).

For an insight into what to expect of Smother, and admittedly, yet appropriately, it's a beautifully abstract insight, check out the trailer for the record here:

Wild Beasts can also announce a UK tour for May in intimate venues including two very special London shows at Wilton’s Music Hall on May 11th and 12th. The band will also play Field Day in Victoria Park in London on 6th August. Full UK dates are as follows:
Thu 5 May UK Newcastle Gateshead Old Town Hall
Fri 6 May UK Glasgow Oran Mor
Sun 8 May UK Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Mon 9 May UK Leicester Y Theatre
Wed 11 May UK London Wilton's Music Hall
Thurs 12 May UK London Wilton’s Music Hall
Fri 13 May UK Gloucester Guildhall
Sat 14 May UK Sheffield City Hall Grand Ballroom
Sat 6th Aug UK London Victoria Park – Field Day Festival
Tickets for all shows go on sale on Friday the 25th through usual outlets.

The tracklisting to Smother is as follows:

Lion’s Share
Bed Of Nails
Loop The Loop
Reach A Bit Further
End Come Too Soon