If you search deep within the winding lanes of Westbourne Park, you’ll stumble across London’s elusive and prestigious Supper Club. Tonight’s main event belongs to that of the Wombats; it is the album launch of the band’s second record, ‘This Modern Glitch.’ (Read John’s review of the album here.)
Upon entry, one realises that this is very intimate occasion. The majority of tonight’s audience consists of friends and family of the Scousers. The lighted stage at the front of the club indicates one thing: the Wombats intend on performing the highly-anticipated new tracks. Clad in white suits, the band, led by lead singer Matthew Murphy, leap onto the stage. Despite the familiar audience, they play as if to 500 strangers. The amount of dedicated concentration that the Wombats emit is uncanny. Even whilst regularly switching between guitar, bass and also synthesiser, the three-part-harmonies always remain consistent and note-perfect.
It is bizarre to recognise that the band have only released one long-play record in the past; their debut rocker, ‘A Guide to Love Loss and Desperation.’ If one wonders why the group has received so much fame for only one musical effort, it is due to the sheer fact that the album was a perfect execution of dance-based pop/rock. All the hits are played tonight, including a superb ‘Moving To New York.’ However, as Murphy states, tonight is not so much based on the past, but the present. Diving headfirst into a barrage of the group’s most exciting new tracks, it is mandatory to recall record-opener ‘Our Perfect Disease’ and ‘1996.’ The songs are catchy, and heavily keyboard-driven. The transition between the two records is noticeable, as the latter produces a far more matured Wombats. As ‘Tokyo’ and ‘Jump Into The Fog’ are performed, the two previous singles are more than enough to sustain singing from every person in the white-walled club.
Promising to play the album in its entirety through the speakers after the show, the band close with the unmistakably distorted notes of ‘Let’s Dance To Joy Division’ to a frenzy of mosh pits. From what we’ve heard tonight, ‘This Modern Glitch’ truly lives up to the ascending stature that the Wombats have created for themselves in 4 short years.
By Mary Chang on Monday, 25th April 2011 at 6:00 pm
Here’s the new video for ‘Techno Fan’, the fourth single to be released from the Wombats’ second full length offering, ‘The Wombats Proudly Present…This Modern Glitch’, released today on 14th Floor Records.
‘…This Modern Glitch is the Wombats‘ 3rd studio outing. I can’t lie and say I wasn’t a fan of their singles: ‘Moving to New York’ is a serious tune and ‘Let’s Dance to Joy Division’ is another undeniable classic. So why was I sceptical about the album? Well because I always liked the singles, but as a whole album ‘The Wombats’ could never really get it together. Well with ‘This Modern Glitch’ is where that all changes, the joeys have truly become ‘The Wombats’ here and deserve all the plaudits growing up comes with.
The album starts as it means to go on, a full on blast of techno beats assaults you in opener ‘Our Perfect Disease’ where lead Wombat Matthew Murphy treats us to his subtly building vocals. It ends up sounding like what any beginning of an album should, powerfully gripping, like you’ve just given a pack of wild animals a speed injection. ‘This Modern Glitch’ carries on in the same tone, with a heavy lean towards synths and electro style mixes with the obvious inclusion of the indie guitar we come to expect from the Wombats.
‘Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)’ will be familiar to most people here seeing as it was released back in September, but when given an airing after ‘Our Perfect Disease’, the fantastic indie dance floor filler it was becomes a truly glorious glitter pop tune. The second half of the album is noticeably calmer than the opening. Not a bad thing at all really; it doesn’t sound like they have run out of ideas or want to just through a heavy contrast to the beginning of the album. No, as I mentioned earlier, they have grown up. Songs like ‘Techno Fan’ and ‘Walking Disasters’ are examples of this and can be enjoyed for what they are supposed to be enjoyed as: brilliant catchy pop music with choruses the size of mountains.
The standout moment of the album though comes in the first half: second single ‘Jump into the Fog’ epitomizes what this record is all about, unashamedly good pop music. ‘Jump into the Fog’ goes from a trademark Wombats chorus to a blistering guitar screech of epic proportions, going to show you that they can do roaring rock and roll as well as toe tapping ditties about Murphy’s anti-depressant addictions (‘Anti-D’).
On reflection, The Wombats have created a thoroughly brilliant pop record, which is arguably the best effort at an LP released this year. While it may not be thrown the many plaudits of critics and awards judges, it’s safe to say that ‘This Modern Glitch’ is a wonderful effort from a band at the top of their game.
By Mary Chang on Wednesday, 13th April 2011 at 9:30 am
The Wombats have announced an extensive tour of the UK to begin in late September. The band released their latest single, ‘Anti-D’, on Monday (reviewed by John here), and their new album ‘The Wombats Proudly Present…This Modern Glitch’ on the 25th of April on 14th Floor Records.
Tickets go on sale on Friday (15 April) at 9 AM.
Wednesday 21st September 2011 – Cardiff University Great Hall
Thursday 22nd September 2011 – Nottingham Rock City
Friday 23rd September 2011 – Folkestone Lea Cliff Hall
Saturday 24th September 2011 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Monday 26th September 2011 – Bristol Colston Hall
Wednesday 28th September 2011 – London O2 Academy Brixton
Thursday 29th September 2011 – Southampton Guildhall
Saturday 1st October 2011 – Yeovil Westlands
Sunday 2nd October 2011 – Birmingham O2 Academy
Monday 3rd October 2011 – Lincoln Engine Shed
Tuesday 4th October 2011 – Sheffield O2 Academy
Thursday 6th October 2011 – Newcastle O2 Academy
Friday 7th October 2011 – Glasgow O2 Academy
Saturday 8th October 2011 – Manchester Apollo
When the Wombats broke onto the scene in 2007 singing songs about ‘Dancing to Joy Division’, ‘Moving to New York’ and ‘Backfires at the Disco’, nobody would have guessed that in 2011 they would be singing a delightful ditty about “Anti-D”epressants.
The first single from ‘The Wombats proudly present…This Modern Glitch’, ‘Anti-D’ is a slow builder and as far as slow builders go you would be hard presses to find any slower. This doesn’t detract anything from the song though, the subtle violin over the top mixed with lead singer Matthew Murphy’s infectious vocals are as catchy as any ‘Kill the Director.’
Yes so the song isn’t one which you can imagine being belted out at your local indie night out/’propaganda’ and you can’t see it being voted best dancefloor filler like some its predecessors. No because ‘Anti-D’ is a different kind of beast, one which I can definitely get used to if this is the template for the rest of ‘…This Modern Glitch.’
It’s by far their most grown-up single so far; the lyrics are hard hitting, and while I myself may not be able to relate to it easily, I can imagine that it strikes a chord with the audience they are looking for. That said, festival season is coming…
‘Anti-D’, the new single from the Wombats, will be released on 11 April on Warner Bros. If you want the Wombats to take over your browser, head on over to http://www.thewombatizer.com/; ‘the Wombatizer’ will also exclusively be ‘hiding’ the first preview stream of the new album and details to a contest to see the band perform in Barcelona.