Wild Beasts are back with their fifth album, Boy King, which is out August 6 via Domino. Made in Dallas, TX with producer-of-the-moment John Congleton, the new album is a grittier, darker and funkier record that 2014's Present Tense, with co-frontman Hayden Thorpe citing Nine Inch Nails and Justin Timberlake as influences. Theres's also a bigger emphasis on synths. Says Thorpe:

It became apparent that that guitar almost became the character within the songs, that phallic character, the all-conquering male. I’m letting my inner Byron fully out, I thought I’d tucked him away, but he came screaming back like the Incredible Hulk. ... I think Boy King is an apocalyptic record. It’s about swimming in the abyss. When you think about sex, you’ve got to think about death, they’re one and the same.

First single "Get My Bang" is a prime example of Wild Beasts' new approach and you can check out the video, directed Olivier Groulx (Arcade Fire, alt-J, Scott Walker), which features some late night, back-alley choreography.

The band will be on tour later this year. No U.S. shows announced yet but all dates are listed below.

Wild Beasts - Boy King - tracklist:
01 Big Cat
02 Tough Guy
03 Alpha Female
04 Get My Bang
05 Celestial Creatures
06 2BU
07 He The Colossus
08 Ponytail
09 Eat Your Heart Out Adonis
10 Dreamliner

Wild Beasts - 2016 Tour Dates:
06-18 Madrid, Spain - MadCool Festival
07-26-27 Leeds, England - Brudenell Social Club
07-28-29 Brighton, England - Hove Old market
08-18 Brecon Beacons, Wales - Green Man Festival
08-26 Dumfries, Scotland - Electric Fields
08-27 Helsinki, Finland - Modern Sky Festival
09-02 Vlieland, Netherlands - Into the Great Wide Open
09-04 Laois, Ireland - Electric Picnic
09-24 Hamburg, Germany - Reeperbahn Festival
09-28 Bristol, England - Motion
09-29 Oxford, England - O2 Academy
09-30 Margate, England - By The Sea Festival
10-01 Sheffield, England - The Foundry
10-03 Cambridge, England - The Junction
10-04 London, England - The Roundhouse
10-07 Newcastle, England - Northumbria Uni
10-08 Glasgow, Scotland - QMU
10-09 Manchester, England - Academy
10-12 Belgium, Brussels - Botanique Orangeries
10-13 Paris, France - La Gaîté Lyrique
10-14 Tourcoing, France - Le Grand Mix
10-15 Strasbourg, France - La Laiterie
10-16 Cologne, Germany - Luxor
10-18 Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumpehuset
10-20 Berlin, Germany - Kesselhaus
10-21 Prague, Czechia - Lucerna Music Bar
10-23 Zurich, Switzerland - Rote Fabrik
10-25 Milan, Italy, Magnolia
10-26 Lyon, France - Epicure Moderne
10-29 Bilbao, Spain - BIME