By: Sophie Francis
If not apparent from the band name and song titles, The Wombats are weird. Weird in the best kind of Indie/Alternative-Pop way. The Liverpool trio is composed of Matthew Murphy (lead vocalist and guitarist), Tord Øverland Knudsen (bassist), and Dan Haggis (drummer), and has been since the bands formation in 2003. Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life is their fourth studio album, accompanied by 5 EP’s. The Wombats are currently on tour in Europe, but they open up the American leg with Tampa, Florida on June 23rd.
Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life was released on February 9, 2018, and does exactly what every new Wombats album does: take their addictive, vibey style, slightly strange lyrics, and bring it to the next level. Among my favorite tracks is one of the pre-release singles, Lemon to Knife Fight. While the lyrics are just a little strange, somehow they’re still powerful and meaningful, in the abnormal Wombats sort of way. The chorus of another one of my album favorites Out of My Head, contains the lines “I try to be human/ but that never works/ I’m lost in a gift shop/ with hours to burn.”
In my opinion, track 6, Lethal Combination, is one of the most powerful tracks on the album. It’s one of those songs that you want to listen to during a road trip, and dance along to in your car seat. With a loud, sharp opening, Lethal Combination has listeners hooked from the beginning. Combined with Murphy’s upbeat vocals, this song really sets the tone for the whole album, despite being nestled in the middle.
If you haven’t already, check out The Wombats and Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life with the links below!