Liverpudlian indie rockers, The Wombats, were formed in 2003 by Matthew Murphy and Dan Haggis, together with Norwegian Tord Overland-Knudsen, who all met at the Paul McCartney-founded Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA). They released two EPs while still at college, The Hangover Sessions and The Daring Adventures Of Sgt Wimbo And His Pet Otter, before their debut album, Girls, Boys And Marsupials, enjoyed a limited release in Japan only. Their first charting single in the UK was “Backfire At The Disco” in 2007, which reached No.35, followed by “Kill the Director”. Their first UK album release, The Wombats Proudly Present: A Guide To Love, Loss & Desperation, came out at the same time as their hit single, “Let's Dance To Joy Division”, and the album peaked just outside the UK Top 10.
After opening the celebrations for Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture in 2008, the band released “Moving To New York”, which got to No.13 in the UK, and also released their first record in the States, The Wombats EP, in the Spring of that year. The rest of 2008 saw them tour the UK, Europe and Japan, 'do' the UK festival circuit, as well as fitting in a memorable appearance on Radio 1's The Jo Whiley Show, where Tord sang the Postman Pat theme tune in Norwegian. Absurdly, The Wombats also appeared in Aussie soap, Neighbours, in 2008.
2009 was largely quiet for the band, notwithstanding two singles, neither of which impacted much on the charts, but in 2010 they finished work on their second album, This Modern Glitch, with the lead single “Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)” reaching No.23 in the charts and subsequent singles, “Techno Fan”, “Jump Into The Fog” and “Anti-D” all doing moderately well. The album itself was released in April 2011, and The Wombats spent the rest of the year touring festivals around Europe, and also managed a trip over to The Voodoo Experience in New Orleans, in October.
The Wombats tour the UK in early 2012, then go to Australia, Japan, and back to the UK in the Summer, where they're expected to appear at a number of festivals between July-September.
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