‘…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.
Friday 4th March 2011 – Manchester Academy (sold out)
Saturday 5th March 2011 – Newcastle O2 Academy
Sunday 6th March 2011 – Dundee Fat Sams Live
Monday 7th March 2011 – Edinburgh HMV Picture House
Wednesday 9th March 2011 – Leeds Metropolitan University
Thursday 10th March 2011 – Birmingham HMV Institute (sold out)
Friday 11th March 2011 – Sheffield Leadmill (sold out)
Sunday 13th March 2011 – Norwich UEA
Monday 14th March 2011 – London HMV Hammersmith Apollo
Thursday 17th March 2011 – Cardiff University Solus
Friday 18th March 2011 – Bristol O2 Academy