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Video of the Moment #2825: The Wombats

 
By on Wednesday, 18th April 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Back in February, The Wombats released ‘Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life’, their fourth album and follow-up to 2015’s ‘Glitterbug’. The latest video to be released from the album is for single ‘Turn’. I haven’t quite figured out the crux of it yet. Murph sings, “maybe it’s the crazy that I miss / it won’t get better than this”, so I thought this is a song about settling down and being okay with the fact that your crazy life before Adult Life reared its ugly head is gone for good. “I like the way your brain works” seems to agree with this idea: how about falling in love with a woman who might not necessarily be the hottest girl in the bar but the one with the solid head on her shoulders? But then Murph being Murph, he brings in some inanity: “I like the way you try / To run with the wolf pack when your legs are tied”. That doesn’t sound like much of a compliment. Hrm. Well, for now, I’ll choose to believe that ‘Turn’ is about enjoying being with the love of your life, warts, black lipstick and all. Watch the promo video for the song below and take care you don’t you get sick going round in circles. ‘Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life’ is available now from Kobalt Music Recordings. For all of our coverage on The Wombats on TGTF, go here.

 

Video of the Moment #2775: The Wombats

 
By on Thursday, 25th January 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

The Wombats are currently on the road in America and soon enough, they’ll have a new album out. In 2 weeks’ time, they’ll be releasing ‘Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life’, their fourth album and follow-up to 2015’s ‘Glitterbug’ (review through here), via Kobalt Music Recordings. Album single ‘Cheetah Tongue’ has a pulsating pop rhythm, and this week, they’ve unveiled its accompanying promo video. Laden in pastels, women getting on in years are having a dance party. It quickly becomes clear that these aren’t just little old ladies getting their groove on. This ain’t no Cocoon, no, sir! Watch the strangely captivating video for ‘Cheetah Tongue’ below. Stay tuned for ‘Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life’, which will be available starting the 9th of February. For more on The Wombats on TGTF, go here.

 

Album Review: The Wombats – Glitterbug

 
By on Monday, 27th April 2015 at 12:00 pm
 

The Wombats Glitterbug album coverI was first introduced to The Wombats when I was 15. I was trying to convince my friends I was a bit emo because I liked The Black Parade, knew all the words to ‘I Write Sins Not Tragedies’ and bought Kerrang! once or twice.

When The Wombats came along with their ‘Guide To Love Loss and Desperation’, telling me to ‘Dance To Joy Division’ and ‘Kill The Director’, it was a surprise when I found these likeable lads from Liverpool on repeat on my iPod (one of those big clunky ones). The Wombats have the ability to write instantly recognisable and likeable pop music and for a few years they continued to, before disappearing into obscurity in the way other successful bands of that time had, a la The Kooks, The Hoosiers and The Zutons. Lots of bands with ‘The’ at the start it seems…

But then, showing a remarkable resilience, to *not* stay dead. The Wombats returned with ‘This Modern Glitch’, an album that despite leading with probably the weakest single of the bunch – the melancholy ‘Anti-D’ – was crammed to the nines with incredible pop music. ‘This Modern Glitch’ remains, to this day one of the best modern pop albums released since the turn of the millennium. Don’t dispute it. Seriously, don’t bother. Can you think of a record with as many pace changes, singalong anthems and dance floor killers? Nope, don’t bother, there isn’t one.

So when the mysterious #yourbodyisaweapon emerged, you can only imagine the excitement. And to my joy, the track that followed was superb. Murph’s stingingly brilliant lyrics remained while his brilliant ability to make love and breakups sound as sordid and morbid as can be was evident throughout. It also had all the trademarks that The Wombats had honed on ‘This Modern Glitch’ and remains a tune that will bury itself inside your brain and refuse to get out.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Q74TyTUrTo[/youtube]

So, my hope for ‘Glitterbug’ grew and grew, before the eventual release this month. Thinking if ‘Your Body Is a Weapon’ is the start, then this record is going to be crammed full of goodies like their last. Annoyingly, and I suppose somewhat predictably, ‘Glitterbug’ hasn’t lived up to expectations. But that’s where I’ll stop with the naysaying, as with any other band this would be a good record. Not just a passable album, but one to be proud of. Such was the weight of expectations after the heady heights of ‘This Modern Glitch’.

‘Glitterbug’ opens with the woozy ‘Emoticons’, casting a cynical gaze at the world of dating in the 21st century where” ‘all these emoticons and words, try to make it better and only make it worse”. Songs ‘Greek Tragedy’, alongside ‘Give Me a Try’ and ‘Your Body is a Weapon’, are probably the only songs with the kind of verve and catchiness seen on ‘This Modern Glitch’. The breakdown on ‘Greek Tragedy’ will have indie discos from Liverpool to Lincoln going berserk, whilst ‘Be Your Shadow’ is the kind of self-deprecating brilliance we expect from Murph.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8GRiiaef3s[/youtube]

On the flipside of the coin, I thought ‘Headspace’ was the band taking the mick ake the first time I listened to it. The lyrics are childish, the dreamy setting the melody places it in makes it sound like poor ’80s synth pop and “I feel feel feel like a disco ball” just sounds bloody stupid. ‘Pink Lemonade is a sceptical look at a night out with a pissed girl, which I’m sure any British bloke has had to deal with. It’s about as endearing as you’d expect. The record identifies a clear change from the bouncy pop goodness The Wombats have become known for. Moving from dancing jubilantly in “that bar in Tokyo” to more crass admissions like “there‘s no greater sight than you in your underwear, removing mine”. Sadly, Murph, while you’re often brilliant, there’s a line and you’ve crossed it there.

The final track ‘Curveballs’, in just name, probably sums up how I feel about ‘Glitterbug’. It’s a curveball: something The Wombats have thrown at us. I’m just still not sure whether it’s just my high expectations making me disappointed with this record, or whether it’s actually the fact ‘Glitterbug’ just isn’t all that good?

Certainly, this shouldn’t be the end of The Wombats. Not at all: Murph and co. still remain relevant, as even when they aren’t trying they can pull out fantastic pop music, a brilliant live show and a horrendously loveable mop of Liverpudlian loveliness. It just hasn’t clicked with ‘Glitterbug’. But after their last effort, I think they’re allowed to try again. Don’t you think?

6/10

The Wombats’ third studio album ‘Glitterbug’ is out now on 14th Floor Records. For more on TGTF on the band, go here. Below is an NME interview Murph did with NME about the LP.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1ZaTABg1QY[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #1720: The Wombats

 
By on Friday, 16th January 2015 at 6:00 pm
 

Since the one-off release of ‘Your Body is a Weapon’ in autumn 2013, we’ve waited quite a long time for the Wombats to reappear with news about their third album. Folks, the wait is over. Murph and co. will be returning with new LP ‘Glitterbug’ on the 6th of April on Warner Brothers, and here is the first cut from the album.

The promo for ‘Greek Tragedy’ plays out my biggest fears for my buddies in the business: an obsessed fan goes too many steps too far in her stalker idolisation of the band, who meet a grisly, Law and Order: Criminal Intent-type end. I guess this is the video Sting probably wanted to make to go with ‘Don’t Stand to Close to Me’? Watch it below.

Want to read all previous Wombats goodness on TGTF? It’s this way.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MHmx9nvHqU[/youtube]

 

The Wombats / April 2015 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 19th November 2014 at 9:00 am
 

In preparation for the anticipated release of their third LP, the Wombats have announced a spring tour of Europe and the UK, including a date at the Brixton Academy in London. The lead track from the Wombats’ new album, ‘Your Body is a Weapon’, was featured here back in October 2013. A full listing of European tour dates can be found at the band’s Web site. Tickets for the following UK shows will be available starting this Friday, the 21st of November, at 9 AM.

Wednesday 8th April 2015 – Bristol Academy
Thursday 9th April 2015 – Manchester Academy
Friday 10th April 2015 – Birmingham Academy
Saturday 11th April 2015 – Sheffield Leadmill
Monday 13th April 2015 – London Brixton Academy
Wednesday 15th April 2015 – Oxford Academy
Friday 17th April 2015 – Glasgow Barrowlands
Saturday 18th April 2015 – Liverpool Academy
Sunday 19th April 2015 – Newcastle Academy

 

In the Post #110: The Wombats come roaring back with ‘Your Body is a Weapon’ single

 
By on Wednesday, 2nd October 2013 at 12:00 pm
 

‘This Modern Glitch’ was one of the first albums I ever reviewed, and it was definitely the first album I have properly obsessed over. The record just made me freak out in my car and I remember fondly a friend of mine and I dancing like absolute nutters as ‘Tokyo (Wolves and Thieves)’, ‘Our Perfect Disease’ and ‘Techno Fan’ blared from the speakers.

High expectations for the Wombats‘ new release ‘Your Body is a Weapon’, then.

Disappointed? Not one bit. It’s exactly the neurosis-drowned banger that I wanted from the Liverpool band. Swamped in Murph’s indomitable sense of misery, talking about a paparazzi who he witnessed taking a photo of some generic Harry Styles or Conor Maynard wanker.

At around 2 and a half minutes in, you get a taste of the unhinged beauty of the Wombats as Murph squeals, “my body is a temple of doom, doomed to not be by your side”, before bursting into the chorus of “someone protect me from the one I love!” It’s an absolute bouncing keg of fun, whatever the subject material, not something to get morose and dwell on but an indie banger, from the Liverpudlian KINGS of the indie bangers, the Wombats.

2014 watch out. There’s about 10 tunes up ahead you won’t stop hearing at any ‘alternative’ club night for a good while coming from these boys. Watch the animated kinda sorta lyric video for ‘Your Body is a Weapon’ below; the single is out now on 14th Floor Records.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Q74TyTUrTo[/youtube]

 
 
 

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