LAST night, Liverpool based band The Wombats embarked on their UK tour at Manchester Apollo. Quays News entertainment reporter Abi White was in the audience….
Following the release of their third album, Glitterbug, it’s almost unimaginable to think that the indie-pop band released their debut album, A Guide to Love, Loss and Desperation, back in 2007. Leaving four years between each album, the band creates a great deal of anticipation, which alongside creating great music, is probably why the band are still so popular and exciting to listen to and watch today.
As the fans piled into the historical looking venue, support band, Sundara Karma, made their appearance. The second time seeing this band in a week, it’s really clear how much talent and potential this band have.
As a young band, they’ve already found their sound and created potential indie anthems of the future. After being particularly impressed with their efforts capturing the audience during their single, Flame, last time seeing the band, I was this time captured by ‘Vivienne’.
Although spirited and lively, the song really captures and engages the emotion behind the lyrics. However, the audience were evidently unfamiliar with the band, and therefore ignorant towards their talent.
Despite their best efforts, the band didn’t seem to capture the attention of the lull audience for long periods of time. This was a real shame and by no means a fault of the band, and a shame the audience were not very lively.
Even when The Wombats opened their set with ‘Give me a try’, closely followed by ‘Jump into the Fog’ and ‘Moving to New York’, the audience picked up the pace, but this only lasted for the first few songs.
The band then moved into ‘1996’ from ‘This Modern Glitch,’ a really popular song off the band’s second album. However, it seemed that most of the fans were born after the 2000’s and were not even familiar with the first two albums, which was proved a disappointing reception.
However, not long after, a few groups in the audience started to get people dancing and the crowd picked up the pace. From then on, every song was filled with joy and elation.
Touching on old classics such as ‘Patricia the Stripper,’ ‘Kill the Director’ and ‘Techno Fan’ and also covering new tracks from ‘Glitterbug’, ‘Emoticons’, ‘Headspace’ and ‘Your Body is a Weapon,’ when looking through the strobe lighting, every audience member was dancing around in a frenzy to the upbeat synth and indie-pop melodies the Liverpool based band had to offer.
The Wombats chose to end their set before their encore surprisingly with a song from ‘This Modern Glitch’, not ‘Glitterbug’. They chose ‘English Summer’ off their newest album as the song played second to last, however this was not as well known by the audience and I think a better song choice could have been made off their new album.
The band decided to end their set with ‘Tokyo’ off ‘This Modern Glitch,’ which was a hit with the audience, but it was no surprise when the band returned to perform as encore as they didn’t end their set with a song from their new album.
The Wombats returned with the mellow ‘Isabel’ off ‘Glitterbug’, which allowed for time for the audience to cool down and appreciate the band’s musical talents through the slower sounding song. However, this song of was out of character for the band and didn’t really fit in with their style of music. Thus, it slightly lost the audience’s interest, but they soon pulled the crowd back with their single ‘Greek Tragedy’ followed closely by anthem ‘Lets Dance to Joy Division’. This song had the best reaction from the crowd, who were encouraged to sing along to the lyrics ‘we’re so happy’. This would have been the perfect song to close on, but the band ended on a new riff, named ‘untitled’. This heavy riff had the crowd dancing, but as they were unfamiliar with it, the Wombats missed a trick by not ending on their best known hit.
By: Abi White