2018 is shaping up to be a great year for The Wombats. With their new album Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life on the horizon, the band are ready to embark on a sold out UK tour in March. Ever since their critically 2007 debut album, the Liverpudlian trio have been a mainstay in the UK and European festival scene.
The album was written in a long distance relationship with drummer Dan Haggis in London, bassist Tord Øverland Knudsen with his family in Oslo and frontman Murph in Los Angeles. Finishing touches were made in two-week sessions in Oslo were the record was produced by Mark Crew (Bastille, Rag’n’Bone Man) and Catherine Marks (Wolf Alice).
The Wombats – Lemon To A Knife Fight
The Wombat’s music has never been particularly political or intricate, and fortunately Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life is no exception to that rule. Kicking off with previously released single Cheetah Tongue, the record is full of upbeat songs with tongue-in-cheek lyrics performed by singer Murph’s ever youthful vocals.
While previous album Glitterbug dealt with Murph’s long-distance relationship, the frontman and lead singer finds himself newly married and resident in LA. While the record explores a maturer side of the Liverpool-based trio, they haven’t lost their edge. The lyrics are as fun as ever but feel less urgent for this “frozen 30 something” (Out Of My Head).
The Wombats – Cheetah Tongue
Musically, the the album steps away from the overblown production of its two predecessors. Guitar, drums and bass are much more prominent as is already evident from first single Lemon To A Knife Fight. From the funky Cheetah Tongue to the sugary Ice Cream and Dip You In Honey, the album is pure fun to listen to from start to finish.
Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life is a wonderful addition to the band’s discography and is arguably the best output since their debut.
Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life is available physically and from all digital retailers as of February 9th.
Also published on Medium.