The Wombats making inroads on U.S. alternative charts with Glitterbug
Since emerging out of Liverpool, England, in 2006, indie rock outfit The Wombats have released three studio albums, four EPs, and six singles. The trio of native Liverpudlians Matthew Murphy (lead vocals, guitar, keyboard) and Dan Haggis (drums, percussion, keyboard, backing vocals) along with Norwegian Tord Øverland Knudsen (bass guitar, guitar, keyboard, backing vocals) is signed to 14th Floor Records in the U.K. and Bright Antenna for U.S. distribution. The group’s latest project is Glitterbug, the third studio album from the veteran British band. The new LP is the follow up to 2011's This Modern Glitch, with both making the Top 5 on the U.K. albums chart.
Glitterbug debuts at No. 91 on the Billboard 200 and No. 13 on the Alternative Albums chart. Lead U.S. single release, ‘Greek Tragedy,’ reached No. 4 on Billboard's Emerging Artists chart and is currently No. 31 on the Mediabase Alternative airplay chart (No. 47 on Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs chart). Previous album, This Modern Glitch, also delivered a U.S. single with the Top 20 alternative chart hit, ‘Jump Into the Fog.’
The first single from Glitterbug is ‘Your Body Is a Weapon,’ which was released in the U.K. back in 2013. Later single releases such as the aforementioned ‘Greek Tragedy’ and ‘Give Me a Try’ have only recently impacted U.S. radio. The new album is also being accompanied by a Glitterbug B Sides EP along with the Glitterbug Tour 2015 that hits U.S. and European venues and festivals through late November.
Rolling Stone gives the album good marks, singling out ‘The English Summer’ and ‘Isabel’ tracks as “terrific,” while XFM describes Glitterbug as “outstanding” and “full of wit, heart and huge singalong choruses.” Other titles on the track list include ‘Emoticons,’ ‘Pink Lemonade,’ ‘Headspace,’ ‘This Is Not A Party,’ ‘Be Your Shadow,’ and ‘Curveballs.’ A deluxe edition of Glitterbug also includes the bonus tracks ‘Sex And Question Marks’ and ‘Flowerball.’
The Wombats broke out in 2007 with the U.K. platinum-selling debut, Guide To Love, Loss And Desperation. The band scored more than 300,000 combined sales of the indie dancefloor smashes ‘Kill The Director,’ ‘Let’s Dance To Joy Division’ (winner of the 2008 NME Award for Best Dancefloor Filler), ‘Backfire At The Disco,’ and ‘Moving To New York.’ A two-ear touring stint followed as Liverpool’s “biggest musical exports in a decade” played to a million fans.
The summer of 2008 yielded the singles ‘My Circuitboard City’ and ‘Is This Christmas?’ in between festival dates, and frontman Matthew Murphy sat down to begin writing new material for This Modern Glitch. The album was recorded during three sessions in L.A. with separate producers including Jacknife Lee (U2, R.E.M.), Eric Valentine, and Rich Costey.
The Wombats Glitterbug Tour 2015 is currently making its way across Australia, taking a detour to Lollapalooza in Chicago (Aug. 2). Several European festival dates include Reading and Leeds (Aug. 29-30), followed by a return to the U.S. for concerts in Richmond, Va. (Sept, 8), Norfolk, Va. (Sept. 9), Pittsburgh (Sept. 11), Philadelphia (Sept. 13), New York (Sept. 15), Boston (Sept. 16), Baltimore (Sept. 18), Nashville (Sept. 21), and Atlanta (Sept. 22). The group wraps up the tour with more than two dozen fall dates in the U.K. and Europe (Sept. 24-Nov. 20).
Watch the official music video for ‘Greek Tragedy,’ the new single from Liverpool’s The Wombats.
As A Matter of Fact…
* The Wombats are an English indie rock band from Liverpool, England. The band is made up of Liverpool natives Matthew Murphy (lead vocals, guitar, keyboard) and Dan Haggis (drums, percussion, keyboard, backing vocals) along with Norwegian-born Tord Øverland Knudsen (bass guitar, guitar, keyboard, backing vocals).
* The Wombats’ driving guitar, post-punk, and electronic-influenced pop sound was created while the trio attended the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. During 2004 to 2005 the band released several EPs before issuing the 2006 Japan-only debut album, Girls, Boys and Marsupials.
* In January 2007 The Wombats released a second limited edition vinyl called Moving to New York, followed in May of the same year with third single, ‘Backfire at the Disco,’ which reached No. 35 on the UK Singles Chart.
* Full-length debut album, A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation, was preceded by the band's first full single, ‘Kill the Director,’ in July 2007. The album release also coincided with the release of the single ‘Let's Dance to Joy Division,’ which peaked at No. 11 on the UK Official Albums Chart.
* The Wombats started 2008 as the opening act at the opening ceremony of “Liverpool, European Capital of Culture.” The band also re-released the ‘Moving to New York’ single, reaching No. 13 on the UK Official Singles Chart to becoming the group’s highest charting U.K. single to date.
* The band was awarded Best Dancefloor Filler honors at the February 2008 NME Awards for the single ‘Let's Dance To Joy Division.’ After signing to 14th Floor Records in the United Kingdom, The Wombats self-titled EP became the group’s first U.S. release on Bright Antenna in April 2008.