The Wombats’ seminal (ahem) single “Kill the Director” came out in 2007.
I was 17 at the time, and remember that the lyrics hit me right in the feels. “I’ve met someone who makes me feel seasick,” reads the opening line, and oh how potent it was. I think every girl I met in 2007 made me feel at least slightly seasick, and as for the preceding line, “This is my head and this is my spout / They work together, they can’t figure anything out,” well, I think it’s safe to say that it took all of us a while to figure that one out. The good news is that life at 28 is a lot simpler than it was at 17, and that not only are The Wombats still churning out catchy-as-sin indie pop ditties, but they’ve got a brand new album out, and it’s actually quite good.
The album’s called Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life (more wisdom), and it debuted at number five on the Aria charts. The above video is in aid of the latest single to be released from the album, and it’s a bit of an exception from the rest of the album; a little heavier on the synths. “Turn was written in New York and is probably the most electronic song on the album,” frontman Matthew ‘Murph’ Murphy (pictured up top) explains. “Which is weird as I was pushing for the album to be more organic and less synth driven. Turn was… kind of a beautiful mistake.” Whether you’ve been with The Wombats since ’07 or you’re just cutting your teeth, the band’s about to kick off their ’18 Australian tour, including hitting the stage at our favourite festival Splendour in the Grass.