The Wombats are returning to Liverpool

Posted on 30 January 2015
By Lucy Wright
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Liverpool’s own The Wombats are returning for a Homecoming show at the Echo Arena on September 26th this year.

The three Scouse boys will be performing their new album ‘Glitterbug’ to the 11,000 capacity at the Echo, as well as performing at 9 other cities through their UK tour this April.

Of these 9 dates, 6 are already sold out – including Liverpool O2 Academy.

The band, comprising of frontman Matthew ‘Murph’ Murphy, bassist Tord Øverland Knudsen and drummer Dan Haggis, met at LIPA (Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts) in 2003.

After producing various EPs over 5 years, The Wombats charted at number 35 in the UK single’s charts with ‘Backfire At The Disco’ in 2007.

Soon followed their debut album ‘The Wombats Proudly Present: A Guide to Love, Loss and Desperation’ and single ‘Lets Dance to Joy Division’ which peaked at number 11 in UK charts.

The first single off ‘Glitterbug’ was released back in October 2013, and was premiered on Zane Lowe’s Radio One show, entitled “Your Body is a Weapon”. The second single ‘Greek Tragedy’ was premiered 14th January 2015 on Zane Lowe’s Radio One show too.

The music video for ‘Greek Tragedy’ stars Skin’s April Pearson as a young fan taking her Wombats-obsession to disturbing extremes, gruesomely killing the band members.

The album’s themes were inspired by core songwriter Murph’s experiences in Los Angeles. Songwriting for the album focused upon the idea of writing about a relationship with a fictional woman from Los Angeles.

“That became the main inspiration for most of the songs, this false world that I’d created for myself,” he explains. “As time progressed, I’d go to L.A. more and more, and the idea kept on building. The album’s about the envy and the struggle and the pretence and the worry and the fear that L.A. – and every major city in the world – encompasses.”

Halfway through the writing process, fiction became reality as Murph started dating a seemingly unattainable LA native, making the imaginary songs a real concern: the fading embers of his relationship back in London and the challenges of maintaining a long distance relationship.

Tickets for the Liverpool Echo Arena show go on sale from 9am on Friday, January 30th.

‘Glitterbug’ is set to be released April 6th, and you can pre order it now from