The Wombats announced that their new album is on its way. ‘Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life’ is set to be released on February 9. Tomorrow they’ll play in Washington, a tour through the US and Europe will follow. We can’t forecast how the new songs are going to sound, but we can give you an overview of their best live songs!
10. 1996 @ Falls Festival, 2015
“The war was breaking around me, but my concerns were with prankcalls”, this might be the perfect description of The Wombats’ music. They might contain worries of dark thoughts, but always sound like there are things way more important than your worries. Or was it only like that in 1996? Feel free to compare with their brand new single!
9. Kill The Director @ Radio 1 Big Weekend, 2009
According to an interview on BBC Radio 1, The Wombats wrote this song after watching ‘The Holiday’. It’s a romantic comedy starring Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet. The band hated the movie, which you can deduct from the lyrics “this is no Bridget Jones”.
8. Techno Fan @ Rock am Ring, 2013
Techno fan was chosen to be the second single from This Modern Glitch. Unlike the other singles, it not only reached UK singles chart, but also the Japanese one. It reached the 23rd place in the ‘Japan Hot 100’.
7. Backfire At The Disco @ Enmore Theatre Sydney, 2008
The Wombats don’t have a reputation of crystal clear singing when performing live. However, they do garanty that you had a good time and sang your heart out. Some critics described the song as “it gnaws itself into your brain like some kind of tropical disease”. The Harold Bishop of which Dan Haggis is talking at the beginning of the video, is probably the fictional charcter from Neighbours (an Australian soap).
6. Greek Tragedy @ O2 Academy Brixton, 2015
Although this list is about live performances, I would recommend you to take a look at the official video of this song as well. It tells the story of a huge fan who goes way to far in her obsession with The Wombats. Take warn! The British pop band Bastille is known to be a fan of The Wombats, they even made a remix of this song.
5. Moving To New York @ Glastonbury Festival, 2008
Their first record A Guide To Love, Loss & Desperation’ contained lots of danceable songs (or at least jumpy songs). ‘Moving To New York’ is one of them and it’s the perfect party starter.
4. Jump Into The Fog @ Lowlands Festival, 2011
Jump Into The Fog is the most popular song from second album This Modern Glitch. It was released in the beginning of 2011 and immediately received some good reviews. “Their usual sound is very upbeat and very indie pop disco. It feels a little more sober and for once they may not have decided to release an indie disco classic. This shows a little more maturity in terms of sound,” wrote Popped Music.
3. Tales Of Girls, Boys And Marsupials @Oakland Art & Soul Festival, 2008
It’s impossible to find a good live recording of this song, but if you ever saw The Wombats you know how special this song is. It’s the first track on their debut album and it’s performed acapella. The three of them always seem to have lots of fun in singing this quite funny song.
2. Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves) @Rock am Ring, 2013
‘Tokyo’ was the first single from This Modern Glitch that was released in 2010. With legendary lyrics as ‘I wear a suitcase under each one of my eyes’, this song has to be on this list. This single is their third most succesful one after ‘Moving To New York’ and ‘Let’s Dance To Joy Division’.
1. Let’s Dance To Joy Division @O2 Academy Brixton, 2015
Going to a gig by The Wombats is a great idea if you’re ready to show off your dance moves. Their most famous song ‘Let’s Dance To Joy Division’ has become an indie classic. It was featured on their debut album ‘A Guide To Love, Loss & Desperation’ and was released over 10 years ago. The song was created after a night of drunk dancing to ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ by Joy Division.Can’t get enough of The Wombats? Take our quiz to find out if you’re a real fan!