“One of British pop’s most refreshing triumphs.” – the Guardian
Split Works cannot wait to share with our friends in China one of our most favourite bands of recent years. On November 14th and 15th, Wild Beasts will be hitting up Shanghai and Beijing for a very overdue first pair of shows which follows on from sold out venues on both coasts of the US.
Wild Beasts have been critically acclaimed since their beginning. A departure from the mainstream, Wild Beasts is a rare breath of fresh air in global top 10 charts. The quartet welcomes the weird, bundling an eclectic collection of influences into a beautiful symphony that speaks to the idiosyncrasies of humanity. Now, music lovers in China will get a chance to taste the poetic strangeness of one of Britain’s most vital and innovative bands.
Growing up together in the rural town of Kendal, Northern England, Wild Beasts have been friends from childhood. The boys have spent years producing extraordinary records and shows along the way. Their migration from their hometown to Leeds in 2005 and the addition of fellow Kendal boy Tom Fleming on bass lent the band a sense of adventure and legitimacy. As Tom puts it: “I thought it was completely mad, but I could see they were completely making their own world, and that was something I wanted to be a part of.”
A Domino Records deal was struck in 2007 and since then, the quartet has released four albums. The first of these, Limbo, Panto, set them up for a dizzying schedule of tours. The public loved their playful humour and bravado, and Wild Beasts went on to release the suavely grooving Two Dancers in 2009 followed by the swooning, swooping Smother in 2011.
In February 2014, they presented us with Present Tense, an album that ended a year’s hiatus during which the band reset themselves after years of relentless touring. It is a dramatically new direction that takes cues from an intensity and effervescence of sound that would sit well alongside signature moments of the 80s and 90s. Classic electronic sounds are rethought and retooled with exquisite detail for the 21st century.
Alongside its breathtakingly leap forward in production, Present Tense also finds the band at the peak of their considerable song writing powers – each one of the album’s eleven tracks illuminates the precious, tender, sad and funny moments of modern life in trademark plain-spoken poetics.
Split Works is proud to present one of our most anticipated shows of the year!
Date: 2014.11.14 Friday
Venue: Tango 3 F
Address: 3/F, Tango, 79 Hepingli Xijie, Dongcheng District (东城区和平里西街79号 糖果3层)
Pre-sale: 130RMB // Door: 160RMB
Pre-sale Link: https://yoopay.cn/event/WildBeastsBJ
* Pre-sales end on 23:30, Nov. 13th, 2014
**After the show,bring your Wild Beasts proof of purchase to Dada (BJ) and continue the fun for only 60RMB with Wooozy Offline: Lone Live a/v Show feat. Konx-Om-Pax!
Date: 2014.11.15 Saturday
Venue: QSW Culture Center 1F – Q.Hall
Address: 179 Yichang Road, near Jiangning Road (宜昌路179号，近江宁路)
Pre-sale: 130RMB // Door: 160RMB
Pre-sale Link: https://yoopay.cn/event/WildBeastsSH
* Pre-sales end on 23:30, Nov. 14th, 2014
**After the show,bring your Wild Beasts proof of purchase to Arkham (SH) and continue the fun for only 60RMB with Wooozy Offline: Lone Live a/ v Show feat. Konx-Om-Pax!
Split Works Official Website：www.spli-t.com
Wild Beasts Official Website: http://wild-beasts.co.uk/
Wild Beasts’ Domino Record Label Official Website: http://www.dominorecordco.com/artists/wild-beasts/
Pitchfork Interview: http://pitchfork.com/features/update/9302-wild-beasts/
The Guardian Interview: http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/feb/17/wild-beasts-present-tense-interview
About Split Works:
Split Works has been rocking in the free (ish) world since 2006. Working with inspirational artists from across the globe, the good people at Split Works HQ have been a key contributor to the continued rise of China’s music scene.
Split Works has launched four music festivals (with a 5th in the works) and promoted over 400 tours to 30 Chinese cities, always striving to stay true to a familiar refrain: the music has to be special, every single time. From Godspeed You! Black Emperor to Sonic Youth, from Thee Oh Sees to Mac Demarco and Shabazz Palaces, from Black Rabbit to JUE and Wooozy to More Music, we love music, we love China and we love you.
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