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News: The Wombats Announce New Record ‘Glitterbug’

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(AUS) The Wombats will follow their Top 2 album This Modern Glitch with the release of their third full-length Glitterbug on April 3.

Produced by Mark Crew (Bastille) and The Wombats – frontman Matthew ‘Murph’ Murphy, bassist Tord Overland Knudsen and drummer Dan Haggis – the album’s themes were inspired by core songwriter Murph’s experiences in Los Angeles. Drawn to the city’s mix of “opulence and anxiety”, his song writing for the album focused upon the idea of writing about a tumultuous relationship with a fictional woman from L.A.

Approximately halfway through the writing process, events conspired to curve full-circle from fiction into fact when Murph started dating a seemingly unattainable woman from the city. And so imaginary stories evolved into real life concerns: the fading embers of his relationship back in London and the challenges of maintaining a long distance relationship.

Instrumentally, most of the songs took one of two directions: back in Liverpool, bassist Tord and drummer Dan’s rush of creativity would result in them delivering backing tracks as a foundation for Murph to then build upon in L.A. or London; alternatively Murph would develop the essence of a song on guitar or piano for the band to collectively flesh out. Despite the initial geographic displacement of the trio, subsequent sessions at Mark Crew’s London studio demonstrated that The Wombats’ inter-band dynamics are as strong as ever before.

Glitterbug also features ‘Your Body Is A Weapon’, which was originally released as a free download for the band’s devoted fanbase. Previous album This Modern Glitch saw The Wombats build on the initial success of their debut album as it became their highest charting album most notably in Australia where it peaked at #2 and reached Platinum status. This Modern Glitch included hit singles ‘Tokyo (vampires and Wolves)‘ and ‘Jump Into The Fog‘.

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