Wombats are one of Indie's hottest band (Created May 29, 2013)
Wombats aren't just those short-legged, muscular quadrupedal marsupials native to Australia. They also happen to be one of England's hottest bands – the kind of guys who wore jesters' hats and sunglasses to their first gigs, broke into fits of screaming mid-song and aimed to stun their audience into dreadful silence.
That silliness – back when the Wombats were enrolled in Paul McCartney's Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts – has given way to one of the hottest indie bands in the world. Comprised of Matthew Murphey (lead vocals, guitar, keyboard) and Daniel Haggis (drums, percussion, keyboard and vocals) alongside Norwegian-born Tord Overland-Knudsen (bass guitar, guitar, keyboard and vocals), the band's debut album (2005's "Girls, Boys, and Marsupials") found its release available only in Japan.
Looking to branch out, the band released a limited edition vinyl called "Moving to New York" in early 2007 that climbed to number 35 on the UK Singles Chart. This was followed by their first full single "Kill the Director" later that summer, which segued into their debut album, "The Wombats Proudly Present: A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation."
The Wombats picked up steam in 2008 thanks to their first U.S. release, not to mention slots at a number of major festivals including Glastonbury, T in the Park and opening on the BBC Radio 1/NME Stage. They also played Reading and Leeds Festival, then used most of the next year to work on brand new material. Their second studio album, "This Modern Glitch," bowed in April 2011 behind lead singles "Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)" and "Jump into the Fog."
The band's song "Techno Fan" is currently being used in European airline easyJet's latest ad campaign.
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