On February 9th The Wombats released their fourth album “Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life”. This is The Wombats we have been waiting to come back ever since “This Modern Glitch”.
Eleven new tracks continue a musical line of the trio’s first and second albums “A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation” and “This Modern Glitch” which took listeners over with lyrics full of self-irony and cheerful tunes accompanying stories of failures and trouble seeking. Consciously escaping synthetic sterility of the band’s third album “Glitterbug”, The Wombats came back to their more relaxed and intensive sound.
Troop of electrified thrillers “Cheetah Tongue”, “Lemon to a Knife Fight”, “Turn” and “Black Flamingo” open the album to declare that The Wombats stay masters of catchy tunes and choruses born to be sung along by festival crowds. Yet, every next track offers something surprising to listeners – playful female back vocals in “White Eyes”, pretentious guitar solo in “Out Of My Head”, plain pop of “Lethal Combination”, shameless The Strokes-ness of “I Only Wear Black”, heartfelt mightiness of “I Don’t Know Why I Like You but I Do”. It also seems that guitar and bass parts have never played such a significant role in The Wombats’ sound before.
In between the albums, the band changed all addresses, both professionally and personally. They left their permanent label The 14th Floor, the subdivision of Warner Music UK, and signed to an independent music company Kobalt Music Recordings. The Wombats started working on their fourth album from the three corners of the world. Frontman Matthew “Murph” Murphy had moved to Los Angeles just before “Glitterbug” to be with his girlfriend (wife now) and wrote many of the songs at his new home. No surprise lyrically the album is inspired by dealing with temptations of LA and ups and downs of relationships. Dan lived in London while Tord settled in Oslo where the band gathered for fortnight-long writing sessions. Recording took place at “The Pool” in Bermondsey and “One Eyed Jacks” in Wimbledon with Mark Crew (Bastille, Rag’n’Bone Man) and Catherine Marks (Wolf Alice) as producers.
Whether “Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life” will cause a new wave of Wombats-mania or not, the new record definitely took their sound to the next level and guaranteed that crowds all around the UK will be singing along to their new songs during their sold out headline tour in March.
The Wombats’ brand new album “Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life” is out now via Kobalt Music Recordings.
March 9 – O2 Academy, Sheffield (SOLD OUT)
March 10 – Empire, Coventry (SOLD OUT)
March 11 – Academy, Manchester (SOLD OUT)
March 13 – Limelight2, Belfast
March 14 – Academy, Dublin
March 16 – Great Hall, Cardiff (SOLD OUT)
March 17 – O2 Academy, Sheffield (SOLD OUT)
March 19 – Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen
March 20 – O2 Academy 1, Newcastle (SOLD OUT)
March 21 – Rock City, Nottingham (SOLD OUT)
March 23 – O2 Institute 1, Birmingham (SOLD OUT)
March 24 – Academy, Manchester (SOLD OUT)
March 25 – UEA, Norwich (SOLD OUT)
March 27 – Alexandra Palace, London
March 28 – O2 Academy, Bristol (SOLD OUT)
March 29 – O2 Guildhall, Southampton (SOLD OUT)
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