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Having recently premiered on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show as her “Hottest Record”, The Wombats have revealed their excellent new single, ‘Cheetah Tongue’, taken from the forthcoming new album ‘Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life’, due February 9th via Kobalt Music Recordings.
Speaking of the track, frontman Matthew ‘Murph’ Murphy explains, “Cheetah Tongue is a song about dealing with the pressures of adulthood and failing miserably. The opening song on the album and probably the most psychedelic.”
Having also debuted as Annie Mac’s ‘Hottest Record’ on BBC Radio 1, the album’s first single ‘Lemon To A Knife Fight’ has been a fixture on Radio 1’s B-List and has currently received over 3 million Spotify streams alone, as well as 22 global placements in Spotify’s New Music Friday and Apple Music’s ‘Best Of The Week’ and ‘A’ List. Recent US single ‘Turn’ has also received over 3 million Spotify streams and is garnering much attention at alternative US radio.
Written from three corners of the globe – drummer Dan Haggis in London, bassist Tord Øverland Knudsen nursing his new family in Oslo and Murph in Los Angeles – ’Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life’ was created over long distance writing sessions, supplemented by intense two-week in-person sessions in Oslo. Produced by Mark Crew (Bastille, Rag’n’Bone Man) and Catherine Marks (Wolf Alice), the album finds The Wombats pushing the boundaries of alt-pop innovation with a lush, ultramodern indie soundscape, irrepressible hooks and tragi-comic lyricism belied by a newfound maturity and moving emotional depth.
2015’s ‘Glitterbug’ album, that debuted in the Top 5 UK Album Chart and Billboard 100, has received over 200 million digital streams, surpassing even the band’s euphoric hit singles ‘Let’s Dance To Joy Division’, ‘Moving To New York’ and ‘Kill The Director’, that established them as chart-quashing champions of the noughties guitar pop explosion.
2017 saw the Liverpool-bred trio headline Brixton Academy (which sold-out in under 24 hours), as well as two sold-out nights at the Sydney Opera House.
After a highly successful North American headline tour this month, the band will join The Pixies and Weezer in the US in June and July, as well as the following sold-out UK headline shows in March.
March UK Headline Tour Dates:
09 – Sheffield – O2 Academy – SOLD OUT
11 – Manchester – Academy – SOLD OUT
13 – Belfast – Limelight2
14 – Dublin – Academy
16 – Cardiff – Great Hall – SOLD OUT
17 – Sheffield – O2 Academy – SOLD OUT
19 – Aberdeen – Beach Ballroom
20 – Newcastle – O2 Academy 1 – SOLD OUT
21 – Nottingham – Rock City – SOLD OUT
23 – Birmingham – O2 Institute 1 – SOLD OUT
24 – Manchester – Academy – SOLD OUT
25 – Norwich – UEA – SOLD OUT
27 – London – Alexandra Palace
28 – Bristol – O2 Academy – SOLD OUT
29 – Southampton – O2 Guildhall – SOLD OUT
Any remaining tickets are on sale here – www.thewombats.co.uk. Do check the venues in case they get returns!
The new album ‘Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life’ is due via Kobalt Music Recordings on February 9th 2018, pre-order here.