By Hayden Thorpe of Wild Beasts on March 14, 2014
OUR BAND’S SPIRIT ANIMAL
The dog, an animal whose ills and beauties are all but man-made. It’s a creature of our design and because of that it has come to embody so much of who we are and what we need. None of us in the band have one, mind you. Lifestyle will not permit.
LEAST FAVORITE THING IN THE WORLD
Feedback. It is the devil incarnate, the ghost frequency that haunts us.
ON THE ROAD
Two summers ago, we played a show in Split, Croatia, around midnight, then hired cars and drove 800 km through the night across Eastern Europe to play an early afternoon slot in Budapest. We stopped at a filling station at around 4 a.m. in the middle of what really was nowhere and the fuel court lights had attracted a huge swarm of hand-sized hawk moths that were nose-diving and flying around this mock moon. It was tragic to watch a moving carpet of dying birdlike insects lay on the concrete. It chilled me to the bone, I felt like I was existing within a Hitchcock. We drove a little further and stopped at a hotel for an hour’s scheduled sleep just as it was getting light. One hotel room got trashed, and then cleaned up. Rock and roll today.
BEST SHOW EVER
In recent memory, a show in a working men's club in Sheffield. The ancient house electrics blew after three songs and it seemed very unlikely that the show would continue. We had to pull power from all the fridges and there were no show lights other than small dimly illuminating lamps at our feet. Once the show resumed, it was evident that both ourselves and the audience didn't care about the warm beer and the near darkness, it was a joyous show free of any pretense.
WORST SHOW EVER
Brussels, 2009. I forgot most of our songs existed and thus couldn't play them very well.
Adam Curtis, a documentary maker whose work captures the turmoil between past, present and future that we tried to capture in song.
WE’LL KNOW WE’VE MADE IT WHEN…
We have a Number One single. It's a moon shot, an act so unlikely that it will keep the fires burning for some while yet.
IDEAL SITUATION FOR SOMEONE TO LISTEN TO OUR MUSIC
I road test our music on headphones sitting on a train, with a seat facing in the direction of travel.
3 ALBUMS THAT MADE HAYDEN THORPE OF WILD BEASTS MAKE MUSIC
Hounds of Love
It effortlessly bridges pop and art in the most uncompromising fashion.
Spirit of Eden
It suggests that re-invention and fluidity are hugely powerful in the right hands.
Oneohtrix Point Never
Sounds can be made today than could never have previously, there are sonics that belong only to the now and can be very moving all the same.