Single Review: Wild Beasts – Get My Bang

By on Friday, 3rd June 2016 at 1:30 pm

If the term sleazy could ever have a soundtrack that wouldn’t make the average listener cringe upon every listen, then this would be it. ‘Get My Bang’ is the first taste of new material from Kendal band Wild Beasts, and it’s a perfectly constructed take on the culture bred into us to sell ourselves to our desires, both emotionally and physically. It’s filled to the brim with swagger and ludicrously perfect phrasing (for example, “let the players play, it’s the boys’ birthday, if they’re hungry then just let them eat cake”). Absolutely filthy rich in the kind of innocence that almost eludes the song’s clear intended subject.

The instrumentation takes the normal Wild Beasts sound to a whole new level. The most notable here is having a repetitive but alarmingly addictive drum beat that retains the same rhythmic sensation as the dastardly act itself. Around this, there’s a bass line that serves just one purpose, and that is to be an antithesis to the melody created by everything else within the mix. It lies dead centre, mildly overbearing, but at no point is it unwelcome. Intricacy is a valuable asset to this track, with synthesiser and guitar riffs cutting through to add a indelible touch and a sharper dimension.

Vocals are another key player, with Hayden Thorpe performing an absurdly perfect falsetto that marries perfectly with the higher end of the track. It’s the synthesisers that give the song its body, creating an undertone to his vocals, pushing them above everything else ever so slightly. It’s a touch that shows the ability of Wild Beasts and their clear mind in composing damn good pop songs.

The entire sound totals the equivalent of Queens of the Stone Age having an affair with Modest Mouse. In every way, it’s deliciously sexy, dark and most of all, it’s fun. You’ll find yourself listening to it on repeat not even realising you’re moving your body in time with those assertive drums. If the rest of the upcoming album ‘Boy King’ is anything like this then Wild Beasts are going to find themselves in the spotlight extremely fast.


‘Get My Bang’ is out now. Wild Beasts’ forthcoming album ‘Boy King’ is out the 5th of August on Domino Records. For more of Wild Beasts on TGTF, head here.


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