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The Wombats are an English indie rock band that formed in Liverpool, England.  The band is made up of Matthew Murphy (lead vocals, guitar, keyboard), Daniel Haggis (drums, percussion, keyboard, backing vocals) and Tord Overland Knudsen (bass guitar, guitar, keyboard, backing vocals).  The band is signed to 14th Floor Records in the United Kingdom and Bright Antenna in the United States.

Mathew “Murph” Murphy attended Liverpool College, then moved on to the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA).  The three band members met in 2003 at LIPA, soon became friends and formed The Wombats.  Over the course of 2004 to 2005 the band released a few EPs such as “The Hangover Sessions,” “No. 3” and “The Daring Adventures of Sgt. Wimbo and His Pet Otter.”  In 2005, the band released their debut album, “Girls, Boys, and Marsupials,” which was only available as a release in Japan.

In January 2007, the band released a second limited edition vinyl called “Moving to New York,” then in May 2007 they released a third single titled “Backfire at the Disco,” which reached number 35 on the UK Singles Chart.  The band released their first full single “Kill the Director” in late July.  Their debut album entitled “The Wombats Proudly Present: A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation,” was released in October 2007 and peaked at number 11 on the UK Albums Chart.  The band supported the album by embarking on a European tour that ended with a Thanksgiving party at Liverpool Academy.

At the beginning of 2008, the band was signed as the opening act at the opening ceremony of Liverpool, European Capital of Culture at Liverpool Arena.  “Moving to New York” was re-released on January 14, 2008 and reached number 13 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming their highest charting release to date.  On February 28, 2008, the band was awarded “Best Dancefloor Filler” for their single “Lets Dance to Joy Division” at the NME Awards.

In April 2008, the band put out their first US release on Bright Antenna, “The Wombats” EP.  Following this release, the band went on a full UK tour, as well as playing dates in Europe and Japan.  The band also played for Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 1 where they covered the song “Patience” by the band “Take That.”  They also covered the “Postman Pat” theme tune, which Tord sang in his native Norwegian language.

In September 2010, the band announced that they were near to completing their second studio album, “This Modern Glitch” in the MRG Recording Studio in Los Angeles, California.  The band worked with producers Eric Valentine and Jackknife Lee.

The first single released from the album, “Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves),” was released in the UK on September 27, 2010.  It debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number 23 and was the band’s fifth Top 40 hit and their third most successful single to date.  “This Modern Glitch,” was released in April 2011 as a CD, digital download and as a 7″ and 12″ vinyl.

On September 10, 2013, a mysterious hashtag message appeared on the band’s Facebook page which read “#yourbodyisaweapon.” After the release of this message, certain fans started to speculate about the possibility of a new single.  This was later confirmed after a second message on September 16 when the band gave the date of October 1 as a hashtag and officially announced four days later that that it was going to be released on October 2, 2013 stating: “Seismic activity is going on!  Excited to announce that our new track ‘Your Body is a Weapon,’ will be out on October 2nd.”

The single was released on BBC Radio 1 on October 1 at 7:30 PM as Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record and on XFM at 8 PM.  The track was officially released on Itunes the next day and on YouTube, featuring a cartoon-styled lyric video.  It has not yet been released as an EP and has not been released as a B-Side.  Murphy confirmed that their next album would be released at some point in 2014.

The Wombats have a unique brand of indie rock/pop and humor that all combines into their sound.  Their musical style ranges from techno dancehall tunes to more traditional pop rock which constantly keeps their fans guessing about what they are going to produce next.  They have made quite a name for themselves in the UK and have a large fan following in Japan as well.  Their next album is due sometime this year, and if their first single “Your Body is a Weapon” is any indication, it will probably be just as catchy and humorous as their former albums.

Check out the bands biggest hits below including their newest single, “Your Body is a Weapon.”

 

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