"I think that song's really beautiful, actually, if you peel back the layers," says Hayden Thorpe of Miley's "Wrecking Ball."
On Tuesday (Apr. 8), British indie-rock stalwarts Wild Beasts announced a new collection of U.S. summer tour dates, and released a music video for "A Simple Beautiful Truth," from their excellent recent album "Present Tense." The quartet stopped by the Billboard offices last month to discuss the follow-up to 2011's "Smother" and explain how the muscular "Present Tense," which hit No. 5 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart upon its February release, expands upon and beyond the sadness of their last record.
"I think there's a fragility and brokenness to 'Smother' that would have been false to keep going," says singer/guitarist Hayden Thorpe. "Although it felt appropriate at the time, it would have been disingenuous to play the heartbreak card on this record."
Singer/bassist Tom Fleming adds, "Sonically, we've continued what we've started on 'Smother' with using electronics and rooting what we do in production rather than performance. Having that broader palette of sounds is something we wanted to take forward."
Wild Beasts recorded most of the album in London, and are looking forward to playing "Present Tense" in the States after plowing through a European tour beginning on Wednesday night (Apr. 9) in Munich. "Obviously we grew up around American music, and there's a sort of kinship with a lot of American bands… The music cultural here, and what can flourish, is eye-opening to people like us," says Fleming.
One American that Wild Beasts are currently celebrating on the road? Miley Cyrus -- the guys have been covering "Wrecking Ball" at recent shows. "I think that song's really beautiful, actually, if you peel back the layers," says Thorpe. "It's just kind of a heartbreak country song."
Check out Wild Beasts' upcoming tour dates below:
Apr. 9 - Munich, DE @ Strom
Apr. 10 - Milan, IT @ Elita Festival @ Teatro Franco Parenti
Apr. 11 - Lyon, FR @ Marche-Gare
Apr. 12 - Zurich, CH @ Plaza Club
Apr. 13 - Lille, FR @ Aeronef
Apr. 15 - Brussels, BE @ Orangerie
Apr. 16 - Paris, FR @ Trabendo
May 8 - Belfast, NIR @ Belfast Cathedral Quarter Arts festival
May 9 - Brighton, UK @ Great Escape @ The Dome
May 29 - Dudingen, CH @ Bad Bonn Kilbi
June 6 - Athens, GR @ Plissken
June 13 - Bergen, NO @ Bergenfest
June 15 - Aarhus, DK @ Northside
June 21 - Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret
June 28 - Kiev, UA @ Park Live
June 29 - Moscow, RU @ Park Live
July 4 - Gdynia, PL @ Open'er
July 11 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer w/ Mutual Benefit
July 12 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club w/ Mutual Benefit
July 14 - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair w/ Mutual Benefit
July 15 - Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre w/ Mutual Benefit
July 16 - Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club
July 19 - Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival
Aug. 15 - Hasselt, BE @ Pukklepop
Aug. 16 - Budapest, HU @ ziget
Aug. 17 - Hamburg, DE @ Dockville
Aug. 31 - Dorset, UK @ End of the Road
Sep. 6 - Isle of Wight, UK @ Bestival
Sep. 9 - Rovinj, HR @ Unknown