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Baker's Dozen

Addicted To Serendipity: Hayden Thorpe Of Wild Beasts' Baker's Dozen
Kiran Acharya , July 20th, 2016 09:47

As the Cumbrian quartet prepare to release their "'fuck you' to adulthood", Boy King, their singer and guitarist takes us through 13 LPs that shaped it, including Nine Inch Nails, Max Richter and Oneohtrix Point Never


Marvin Gaye – What's Going On
I've always wanted to make a soul record, and I've always wanted a What's Going On-kind of record for us, a soul concept record. So the early writings on my part were supposed to be a What's Going On-type scenario. So I was writing 'Get My Bang' watching footage of Black Friday and people beating each other up to get TVs. Trying to create a landscape that was reflective of these destructive and dangerous times.

That said, Wild Beasts are very much a band of four strong minds, so it was my quarter that really came along with that soul aspect. It still resonates within the album, there are still aspects of soul, I guess – Marvin Gaye, it's almost cheesy to have it in here, because there could have been so many records. But this album has always been a shining and dazzling light for how to execute it. And for how to sing, for god's sake.