Live Review: The Wombats at Lincoln Engine Shed – 3rd October 2011

By on Wednesday, 12th October 2011 at 2:00 pm

A sell out tour was the least that the Wombats deserved after the spectacle of ‘This Modern Glitch’ (review here), an album which will be ignored by awards and critics but is so jam packed with top tunes, it’s unreal. The atmosphere before the Liverpudlian three-piece entered the stage was as can be expected. Total excitement in its best form. Opener ‘Our Perfect Disease’ has a singalong opening which had the audience mimicking every word frontman Matthew Murphy uttered. The synths were beeping frantically and when the drop came, the eruption was enormous. Beers were dropped, screams were heard and the crowd were bouncing like crazy. For an opener it was pretty impressive.‘Kill The Director’ quickly followed; the same pace and ferocity of the first tune continued and ended with Murphy conducting the masses in their chants of “this is no Bridget Jones!” In 2 songs they had the audience in the palms of their hands.

The room was hot from the ridiculous Indian summer we have been enjoying in the past few days, and the seething mass of bodies screaming at the top of their voices at a band at the top of their game wasn’t exactly helping. The heat was visible on bassist Tord Knudsen’s face as he tore about the stage drenched in sweat. Tracks from the new album were received just as well as old favourites. ‘Jump Into the Fog’s’ thumping drum beat translated brilliantly with the Engine Shed’s fantastic acoustics and Murphy’s solo had everyone’s eyes glued to the fretboard. ‘Techno Fan’ was greeted by roars of approval and as members of the crowd danced, it was apparent that by the eighth song, the Wombats second visit to Lincoln could not be their last.

‘Moving to New York’ has the kind of familiar melody that even a casual passer-by would stop and recognize with ease. So to a room full of people who had paid £16 to see them it was difficult, nigh on impossible to hear Murphy’s vocals over the chants of the crowd. Before the band left the stage for their encore ‘Tokyo (Vampires and Wolves)’, for which a fan in front of me had been chanting for all night, was given an airing. And with the lasers and effects all combined with lyrics so catchy they might as be contagious, the show was moving towards a truly epic conclusion.

When the band returned to the stage to the thudding beat of ‘Anti-D’ the mood had dropped slightly, but we all knew what was left to come. Blinding single ‘Let’s Dance to Joy Division’ was the conclusion to such a fantastic night and it had people acting just as they had started the night. Full of enthusiasm, full of energy and well if you’ll excuse the pun, “so happy”.

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