Wild Beasts are a British band that began as a two-piece back in 2002 by singer/guitarist Hayden Thorpe and guitarist Ben Little—the two met at Queen Katherine School. Originally called Fauve (the French word for the wild beasts), the band changed their name to the Wild Beasts when drummer Chris Talbot joined in 2004.
Soon after recording a self-titled EP, Wild Beasts recruited bassist Tom Flemming and relocated to Leeds—they were originally located in Kendal, Cumbrian. The band released a number of singles on Bad Sneakers Records—who they signed to in 2006—before signing with Domino Records in 2007.
In 2008, Wild Beasts released their debut album—Limbo, Panto. Their debut was followed by 2009′s Two Dancers. The album was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2010, but they lost to The xx. For their next album, Wild Beasts recorded in an isolated area in North Wales with co-producer Richard Formby—the album would be 2011′s Smother.
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AUX is in the habit of ranking what we thought were the best of the respective genres we cover -- Indie/Pop/Rock, Hip Hop, Pop, Metal, Punk, and Electronic. This year, we also reached out to as many of the artists featured on our lists as we could -- our best-of the year's best-of the year's. Braids Amon Tobin - Isam Avey Tare - Down There Born Gold – Bodysongs Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol.2: Judges Little Dragon - Ritual Union Max Cooper - Metaphysical EP Morgan Greenwood - Winter Radiohead - King Of Limbs Tim Hecker - Ravedeath 1972 Wild Beasts - Smother
RDIO PLAYLIST OF THE WEEK: BraidsWithout a doubt, 2011 has been a great year for Montreal-by-way-of-Calgary art-indie-rockers Braids. Their debut album, Native Speaker, landed them on the shortlist for the Polaris Music Prize, a metric butt-ton of year-end lists, and accolades from blogs to the New York Times. It was a really good year to be in Braids. Beginning band-life as a batch of high school friends in Calgary, Alberta, their first EP, Set Pieces, was released under the moniker of the Neighborhood Council. The name was abandoned when the quartet left the prairies for the halls of McGill University in Montreal, rechristening themselves Braids and immersing themselves in their adopted hometown's vibrant music community. Signing with Flemish Eye, the label founded by Chad VanGaalen and home to bands like Women and Health, the group unleashed the inventive Native Speaker on a cold, dark nation in mid-January of this year. And the rest has been pretty rad. The band's playlist consists of a selection tracks from their favourite albums of the year, with the exception of Born Gold and Morgan Greenwood, who flew a little too under the radar to be available on the streaming service this year. But otherwise, this is Braids' picks for the best music of 2011, a group to which they most certainly belong themselves.
Listen to the Weeknd's remix of Lady Gaga's "Marry the Night"Continuing his sky-rocketing trip to the top o' the pops, Toronto R&B breakout The Weeknd is contributing to Lady Gaga's upcoming Born This Way: The Remix album and now thanks to Disco Naïveté his contribution (a collaboration with producer Illangelo) is available for your streaming pleasure. Listen to their remix of "Marry the Night" below. Set to feature Gaga remixes by Goldfrapp, the Horrors, Wild Beasts, Foster the People, Twin Shadow, Royksopp and more, Born This Way: The Remix is out November 21st. Meat dress not included. [Flash 9 is required to listen to audio.]// < ![CDATA[ replaceIfFlash(9,"audio_player_12247672438",'x3cdiv class=x22audio_playerx22x3ex3c/divx3e') // ]]>
Photos: Wild Beasts at Mod ClubDraped in a thick backlight and fresh from their Mercury shortlisting, Wild Beasts played Toronto's Mod Club with help from openers The Kissaway Trail and Lone Wolf. View our photos after the jump.