THE WOMBATS performs the song "GREEK TRAGEDY" for BalconyTV.
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PRESENTED BY XAVIER BRINKMAN
Los Angeles: a city of contrasts. On one hand, a metropolis of aspirations, a place which offers the transient a tantalising glimpse of glamour and permanence. On the other, many dreams drift away, deserted within an urban personification of unfulfilled ambitions. It might not seem like the most obvious place around which to theme an album for a band rooted in Liverpool (albeit via Norway in the case of bassist Tord Øverland Knudsen, or onto London for frontman Matthew ‘Murph’ Murphy), but that’s precisely what The Wombats have done with their third set Glitterbug, a collection which follows their top five hit This Modern Glitch.
The Wombats have a long association with Los Angeles. For the band’s core songwriter Murph it also proved to be a fount of inspiration, which gradually mutated into a magnetic attraction.
In January 2014, approximately halfway through the writing process, events conspired to curve full-circle from fiction into fact when Murph started dating a seemingly unattainable woman from the city. And so imaginary stories evolved into real life concerns: the fading embers of his relationship back in London and the challenges of maintaining a long distance relationship.
When it came to recording, The Wombats changed course from the plan which dictated This Modern Glitch. Instead of collaborating with an army of star names, the majority of the album was recorded at Bastille producer Mark Crew’s studio in Battersea.
Despite the album’s focus on L.A. and the band’s growing geographical displacement, The Wombats remain a Liverpudlian band at heart.
For now, though, all thoughts are focused on the band’s return with Glitterbug. It’s taken a while due to the recording schedule, two solid years of touring as well as 2014 delivering yet another hectic summer schedule of European festival dates, but The Wombats are truly thrilled by the prospect of the wider world finally hearing it.
CREDITS / SPONSORS
Producer / Talent Booker: Cindi Avnet
Co-Producer / Talent Booker: Leah Hobbs
Mixed / Recorded by: Taylor Nelson
Camera: Triffin Constantine
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