Back in 2008, The Wombats were Liverpool’s answer to Sheffield’s Arctic Monkeys. Bookish indie kids with an affinity for The Strokes and sarcasm. Now in 2011, The Wombats are ready to return with second album, This Modern Glitch, due out April 25.
For album number two, frontman Matthew Murphy has done what so many seem to be doing nowadays — traded his axe for a keyboard. The result isn’t as jarring as you might think. The dynamic basslines and bright percussion are still there; The Wombats just sound a little more grown up.
Take the single “Jump Into The Fog”, currently available on a 4-song EP only in the UK:
“Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)” was released as a single back in October. It suggests an even further embrace of synthpop:
For frame of reference, here’s where The Wombats have been. This is “Let’s Dance To Joy Division” from debut A Guide To Love, Loss & Desperation:
Precocious little Brits, eh?