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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”.

 

Video of the Moment #590: The Wombats

 
By on Friday, 30th September 2011 at 6:00 pm
 

In the video for forthcoming the Wombats‘ ‘1996’ (to be released on the 7th of November by 14th Floor Records), there are snorkel masks aplenty, but where’s the teenage angst? I know what I was up to in 1996…swimming didn’t rank high on the list, so I’m not sure where this video is going. What do you think?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8grF93Qe9Lk[/youtube]

 

MP3 of the Day #397: The Wombats

 
By on Friday, 9th September 2011 at 10:00 am
 

Here’s a new remix of my favourite song of the Wombats‘ latest album ‘This Modern Glitch’ (John’s review here). ‘Our Perfect Disease’ has been reinterpreted by Plastic Plates from Los Angeles. Grab it below.

 

Live Gig Video: The Wombats Perform for Le Figaro

 
By on Thursday, 8th September 2011 at 2:00 pm
 

The Wombats were recently in France for Rock en Seine and filmed this one-off performance of ‘Tokyo (Vampires and Wolves)’ for Le Figaro, a French daily. A YouTube commenter made fun of their “little kids” keyboards. Agree or disagree? Whatever you think, I’m getting very excited to finally see the band in DC in October – yes!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3O9zAsnf6A[/youtube]

 

Live Review: Wombats at iTunes Festival at London Roundhouse – 16th July 2011

 
By on Tuesday, 2nd August 2011 at 2:00 pm
 

It was a cunning move when the Scouse indie trio the Wombats swiftly arrived to fill in for the absent Duran Duran at this year’s iTunes Festival. They approach the stage confidently, performing ‘Our Perfect Disease’ (video here), the first track off this year’s release ‘This Modern Glitch’ (reviewed by John here). Tonight’s set list was to consist of a collection of the band’s signature, easy-to-digest tracks, including the fantastic ‘Party in a Forest’ and ‘Kill the Director.’ In fact, a babble of “This is no Bridget Jones!” could still be heard ringing around the reverb-filled halls, even after the fans had begun to file out of the venue.

One such highlighted moment was the raucous ‘Moving to New York.’ The delightful collective blaring of “it’s like Christmas came early for me!” is a certain indication of the looming stature that the Scouse trio has created for themselves in just a few short years. Their unique sound is remarkably fun and energetic, providing an enormously upbeat attitude to every member of the audience. Call it corny, but the ironic flair of ‘1996’ is simply wonderful. Interchanging between note-perfect vocal harmonies, the Wombats display an ever-improving sense of musicianship.

As the night continues, a small scuffle in the audience is noticed by almost immediately silenced by the slushy synth tones of ‘Techno Fan’ (video here), providing an instant sprinkling of positivity around the Roundhouse. As always with the Wombats, there are no long pauses between their tracks, aside from a quick guitar change or a much-needed wipe of a towel. Onstage banter included a geeky comparison of the towering ceiling of the Roundhouse to the Dynamic Duo’s lair, the Batcave.

A final rendition of ‘Let’s Dance to Joy Division’ added a superb finishing touch. Although the superb energy of the band is no different to any other Wombats concert, there is a spark about the encore in tonight’s coliseum, and the band has proved time and time again that they are able to impress even the most diverse of fans with their dazzling finesse.

 

Video of the Moment #518: The Wombats

 
By on Friday, 8th July 2011 at 6:00 pm
 

In the latest video from the Wombats, the Scouse band take their song ‘Our Perfect Disease’ quite literally. It’s an amazing song, and an interesting video. Watch it below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3Il0bRgorM[/youtube]

 
 
 

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