Pop preview: Wild Beasts, on tour

The Arches, Glasgow, Tue; Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, Wed; Cockpit, Leeds, Thu; The Bodega, Nottingham, Fri

A band can search in vain for an original voice; Wild Beasts, miraculously, have two. For a start, there's the bizarre falsetto of lead singer, Hayden Thorpe. Then, there's the utterly unique tone of the band itself: in the tradition of faintly foppish northern indie rock that includes Pulp, and even the Kaiser Chiefs, but somehow far more eccentric and delightful than either. So far it's been heard by a fairly limited number of people, but the band's new album Two Dancers deserves much better. As with British Sea Power, this band can bring out the latent nostalgist but Wild Beasts are surging, bizarrely, forward.

• The Arches, Glasgow, Tue; Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh, Wed; Cockpit, Leeds, Thu; The Bodega, Nottingham, Fri


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