Music, Marsupials and Memories
The Wombats aren’t the marsupials you think they are. They’re actually three guys from England who make beautiful indie pop/rock together.
The Wombats formed in 2003 and from its birth consisted of Matthew Murphy (vocals and guitar), Dan Higgins (drummer) and Tord Øverland Knudsen (bassist). The three are responsible for the unique blend of sound that consists of a mix of indie, post-punk and new wave tunes.
The band released their first EP ‘Girls, Boys and Marsupials’ in 2006 from an independent label in Japan and have been pumping out the good tunes ever since. Their most memorable moments would include their single ‘Techno Fan’ from 2011 and their last album ‘Glitterbug’ (2015), all leading to their latest release ‘Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life’ released in February of this year.
The Wombats are a personal favourite of mine. They have been for a number of years so it was with great excitement that I listened to the first single off their newest album, ‘Lemon To A Knife Fight’. It really pushes the essence of the music. Fast, punchy and undoubtedly theirs. It was a perfect fit to showcase in 3 minutes and 26 seconds, the feel of the entire album. Each song has a different atmosphere and feel, whilst still keeping that unique blend of strong electric guitar and pulsing drums. It can be seen in the track ‘I Don’t Like You But I Do’ and ‘Dip You In Honey’. In their magical way, the band manages to make each song unique, yet each song is undeniably a Wombats song with a sense of similarity and connection.
One of my favourite aspects of music by The Wombats is their powerful and creative use of lyrics. The lyrics can feel disjointed like thoughts on a page yet they all seem to tell a story. It’s an immersive experience that takes you into the minds of these characters and lets you feel their emotions of love, hope and lust. Some of the lines just seem to call out to you and stick like invisible tattoos. ‘Turn’ includes a chorus line “To run with the wolves when your legs are tired” which felt a lot like my uni life over that time. Combined with the vocals of Matthew Young listening to the album through feels like a slightly angsty journey through life.
Overall, this album is absolute quality. I feel like it’s an album guaranteed to mean something different to each listener and that’s part of what makes listening to The Wombats such a great experience. If beautiful people will ruin our lives, it’s definitely The Wombats who will help put it back together.
Special thanks to Tune!FM and the Music Commitee who helped bring this article together.