The Wombats


The music is whimsical. It’s a Technicolor sound. 

Forming in 2003 at an Art’s School in Liverpool called LIPA, The Wombats started off with four members before finding their true sound. Matthew Murphy, lead singer and guitarist says, “In 2005 Ben (guitarist) had to leave. We then started singing the guitar parts that were missing in his absence. That’s when we really started developing our sound.” The group now consists of Matthew Murphy, Daniel Haggis and Tord Overland Knudsen.

According to him, the first album “sounds like a terrier screaming in your face, very raw.” For the continuation of the albums, they developed the production of the songs even further, to create bigger sounds with incorporated synths. Their recently released album, Glitterbug, is strong and full of catchy tunes with powerful voices and quick instruments. 

Murphy says the songwriting process would just come from them messing around in the studio. The first two albums were presenting songs on piano or guitar to the rest of the group and then arranging it and making it sound better. The third album was written in a somewhat similar process as before; however, the others would also send him some songs or track ideas. 

Personal experiences inspired songs as a whole and even bits and pieces. Deciding between “Greek Tragedy” and “Give Me A Try” off of the new album as Murphy’s favorite song of theirs, he says that both songs came out in a personally manic time. According to him, things were weird and he was excited about expressing everything in these two specific songs. 

Bands they grew up on, such as Smashing Pumpkins and Radiohead, influenced their sound; The Smiths, The Cure, Blur, Depeche Mode, and Elliot Smith are all important to the group as well. Murphy dreams of collaborating with Drake and has recently fell in love with Tame Imapala, so working with Kevin Park would be cool. 

Murphy has been venturing into writing for and with other artists. He says, “it’s been really fun and very eye opening to see how others work, and how quick and easy it can be. Plus, I’m not the one who has to sing the song all the time.” However, the real focus is The Wombats. 

They are focusing a lot of their time in America right now, seeing how their hard work over the years is paying off. They plan on doing a lot of shows in the United Kingdom and Europe, even though traveling can be tough. Right now, the goal for The Wombats is to complete the batch of touring and see what happens next. 

Photos by Myrah Sarwar.
Story by Kelly Peacock.