In November 2006, Wild Beasts released their first single, “Brave Bulging Buoyant Clairvoyants” on Bad Sneakers Records, which soon ended up as number 17 in the UK indie chart.
With such a successful start to their career, it wasn’t long after their debut track dropped that the indie rock quartet was signed to Domino Records.
With five killer albums under their metaphorical belt, saying Wild Beasts had a good run would be an understatement. This makes their recent announcement all the more disheartening. On September 25, 2017, the band officially announced their plans to disband.
“The four of us have decided, for our own reasons and in our own ways, that it is now time to leave this orbit,” shared the band in a message on their Facebook page. “We’re care takers for something precious and don’t want to have it diminish as we move forward with out lives.”
While the news of their breakup is upsetting, to say the least, it’s hard to argue with such a sincere approach. It’s clear the band no longer feels the same intensity that they did at the start of their run, and rather than halfheartedly hold onto something that no longer offers them joy, they’re choosing to end it on a good note, leaving their fans with what they feel is their best and most genuine work.
The band plans on “celebrating” its legacy with the fans who have stuck with them throughout the years. It’s been said that further details will be shared in the morning. Perhaps a farewell tour is on the horizon? Only time will tell. The only thing certain is that Wild Beasts won’t be forgotten, and they will be sorely missed.