When Wild Beasts announced that they would be calling it a day, the news came with an unusual absence of drama. There were no bust-ups or breakdowns to report, no warring words, not even a trace of the trademark "creative differences". Instead there was a dignified and heartfelt message to their fans that explained that the band had run its course. For those who'd watched the Cumbrian group grow from purveyors of peculiar guitar pop into one of the most inventive and important bands of their generation, the news came as a shock. Weren't they just hitting the peak of their powers? Perhaps that was the point.
"I think there's a life cycle with any band," says Hayden Thorpe. "It reaches a point where the snake begins to eat its tail. Our last album, ‘Boy King', felt just like our first record in many ways – in its fuck you spirit, in its sense of self-destruction."
Wild Beasts will play their final ever shows in February of 2018, and Domino bids the band a bittersweet farewell with Last Night All My Dreams Came True – a live studio album/career-spanning collection which features songs from each of Wild Beasts' studio efforts with an emphasis on Boy King, their most direct record yet. Looking back on Wild Beasts' back catalog and the themes they tackled, there is a sense of prescience – toxic masculinity, gender fluidity, the conflicts surrounding class, politics and art were no bandwagon jumps, often becoming hot topics in the media several years after they'd been eloquently dealt with on record.