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Glastonbury 2011: Day 1 Roundup

By on Thursday, 30th June 2011 at 12:00 pm

My day at Glastonbury started with a river of mud flowing through and soaking my tent, so as you can imagine, I wanted satisfaction straight off. No testing the water with new talent, I wanted something that would hit the mark from the word go. The Pyramid Stage was the place to go then for TGTF favourites Two Door Cinema Club. who are still riding on the successes of their debut album ‘Tourist History,’ a record which has seen them go from unknowns to a band worthy of appearing third on the biggest stage at Glasto. Two Door’s set started slowly, but as the band grew on confidence the crowd warmed to them. They weren’t helped by the fact that the weather didn’t seem to know which way it was going. However, with great sing-alongs such as ‘Undercover Martyn’, ‘Something Good Can Work’ and ‘What You Know’ they were bound to be a Pyramid Stage hit. And they were.

Moving swiftly on towards the Other Stage to see the Vaccines in their first show of the weekend seemed like the best idea, just as the rain started to pour down. After listening to their debut album ‘What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?’ (my review of the album here) and enjoying it, I was sure that their set would be a winner. How right I was, from the first notes to their final baritone roar, the Vaccines showed the sizable crowd that had formed why such big things are expected of them. Every song was perfect to the tone, with ‘Wetsuit’ being a particular highlight and adding a real sing-along element to a fantastic set. First single ‘Wrecking Bar (Ra Ra Ra)’ got the crowd shaking in a way that you don’t really expect from a band that only came on at half past 2 in the afternoon. All in all, it was a set that I didn’t really expect to be fantastic but which turned out to be a real highlight.

The Wombats charged onstage resplendent in white suits and ready for one of the best set of sing-alongs the weekend had to offer. Their new record ‘This Modern Glitch’ (review here) is absolutely dripping with summery tunes so the Other Stage at Glastonbury was just calling for them. Opener ‘Our Perfect Disease’ set the tone for a gig which was my personal favourite of the day: the energy was infectious, Norwegian-born bassist Tord Øverland-Knudsen charged around the stage like a man possessed. They looked like they were having the time of their lives, even during the sombre ‘Anti-D’ (single review and video here). A lot of the crowd were obviously just waiting for ‘Let’s Dance to Joy Division’ but were obviously surprised by a set that included some of the catchiest songs around at the moment, I mean who can resist singing along to ‘Tokyo (Vampires and Wolves)’ when it comes on the radio? I know I can’t!

It was back to the main stage then, to watch the formidable Biffy Clyro (pictured top) in their third from top slot. It seems like Biffy have been touring the Mercury Prize-nominated ‘Only Revolutions’ for a long time now, almost too long. So it was no surprise that the boys from Scotland were not at their best on the Pyramid Stage. What was lacking was hard to pinpoint, but there was an energy that is so integral to them normally that was just missing from the performance. The tunes were there: ‘Mountains’ was epic, ‘Many of Horror’ even more so, yet still it just didn’t feel like the Biffy that I was used to. Whether it is tour fatigue I don’t know, but they just weren’t themselves. The crowd knew it and looked almost confused when Mister Neil and the Johnson brothers pulled out ‘Glitter and Trauma’. It seemed most of the crowd had only really heard ‘Only Revolutions’ and ‘Puzzle.’ A shame…but hey, on their day Biffy are a force. Just not that day.

What could be expected from sub-headliner Morrissey then? An exciting stage show filled with Smiths classics, a touching run through some heartfelt ballads? No, a man past his best crooning all over stage and making hand gestures that make Jack Sparrow look positively sober. What can you say about the ex-Smiths man that hasn’t already been said? He is a legend in his own right but well, it just wasn’t the day for him. His songs sounded lazy and laboured for the most part; he was self-deprecating to the point of telling the audience that he knew nobody cared about him and were just waiting for U2. Who could blame the audience if they were, Morrissey wasn’t just bad on the Pyramid, he was so bad it hurt.

Then came the moment that Glastonbury goers and music fans around the world had been waiting for almost a year and a half: U2’s headline slot on the Pyramid Stage. The mainstream media billed Bono as looking nervous and timid in his performance on the Pyramid Stage. How wrong they were. From the moment Bono, the Edge and co. hit the stage, there was no stopping the great rock ‘n’ roll behemoth that areU2. Only two songs from ‘No Line on the Horizon’ meant a set full of classics where the Irish superstars could afford to skip tunes like ‘City of Blinding Lights’. The show from start to finish was nothing short of fantastic, a band playing one of the best sets of their lives in front of a packed audience. They pulled all the stops out for this one – the most spectacular of all, a live link with the International Space Station. Awe-inspiring, classic U2.


MP3 of the Day #355: The Wombats

By on Tuesday, 14th June 2011 at 10:00 am

The Wombats‘ most recent single, ‘Techno Fan’ (official video here), has been remixed by Philly DJ Diplo. And yes, this is more dance floor ready than even the Wombats could have even imagined for a song they wrote named ‘Techno Fan’. Listen and download it below.

John reviewed the band’s latest album, ‘This Modern Glitch’, in April. Read about it here.


Live Review: The Wombats’ Album Launch at London Supper Club – 14th April 2011

By on Tuesday, 3rd May 2011 at 2:00 pm

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.


Video of the Moment #462: The Wombats

By 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.



Album Review: The Wombats – The Wombats Proudly Present…This Modern Glitch

By on Monday, 25th April 2011 at 12:00 pm

‘…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.


‘The Wombats Proudly Present…This Modern Glitch’ is released today on 14th Floor Records. The band will be touring the UK in September and October.


The Wombats / September and October 2011 UK Tour

By 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


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