Before the Weeknd came along to wax bleakly about the darker side of living in excess, England's Wild Beasts were cooing all over the subject, unravelling tales of vulgar decadence across an undulating bed of sensualized art-rock. Their 2011 effort Smother was plenty smoldering and on February 25, the quartet will return with their fourth album, an 11-song set dubbed Present Tense. It's kicked off by "Wanderlust," a song whose most instantly memorable lyric is, "Don't confuse me with someone who gives a fuck." That track arrives in the form of a video (directed by Spanish crew NYSU) that follows the surprisingly parallel lives of four wildly different characters. Watch above, and scroll down for the track list, album art, and tour dates.
Wild Beasts, Present Tense track list:
2. "Nature Boy"
4. "Sweet Spot"
6. "Pregnant Pause"
7. "A Simple Beautiful Truth"
8. "A Dog's Life"
9. "Past Perfect"
10. "New Life"
Wild Beasts tour dates:
February 18 - Paris, FR @ Nouveau Casino
March 4 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg
March 6 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
March 8 - Mexico City, MX @ El Plaza Condesa
March 26 - Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall
March 27 - Glasgow, UK @ Arches
March 29 - Dublin, IE @ Olympia
March 30 - Bristol, UK @ Academy 1
March 31 - Cambridge, UK @ Corn Exchange
April 1 - London, UK @ Brixton Academy
April 3 - Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg
April 4 - Rotterdam, NL @ Motel Mozaique Festival
April 5 - Cologne, DE @ Gebaude
April 6 - Berline, DE @ Lido
April 7 - Hamburg, DE @ Knust
April 9 - Munich, DE @ Strom
April 10 - Milan, IT @ Elita Festival @ Teatro Franco Parenti
April 11 - Lyon, FR @ Marche-Gare
April 12 - Zurich, CH @ Plaza Club
April 13 - Lille, FR @ Aeronef
April 15 - Brussels, BE @ Orangerie