Vocalist/guitarist Matthew “Murph” Murphy, drummer Dan Haggis, and Norwegian-born bassist Tord Øverland-Knudsen formed The Wombats back in 2003 while all three members were attending the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts in England.
Fast-forward to 2006 and the infectious alt-pop trio released their debut single “Girls, Boys and Marsupials.” Over the course of the year, several singles followed before the release of the band’s 2007 debut album, A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation. The album went platinum, got over 300,000 combined sales of their indie dancefloor smashes “Kill The Director”, “Let’s Dance to Joy Division”, “Backfire At The Disco” and “Moving To New York”, and they went on to tour for two years where the trio played to well over a million people.
Over the summer of 2008, between festival dates, two more singles were recorded; the stop-gap classic “My Circuitboard City” and their sardonic (anti)Christmas song “Is This Christmas?” before Murph sat down to begin writing new material for album two. After realising he found the loneliness, dislocation and routine of being off the road and writing in a big city difficult to cope with, he headed back to Liverpool, and it instantly clicked and the tunes poured forth in ever more innovative and colourful guises.
In 2011, the Wombats released their sophomore album, “This Modern Glitch”. UK tours were entirely sold-out and included major London dates at the Brixton O2 Academy, Hammersmith Apollo and spots on the UK summer festival circuit.
In 2015, they returned with their third full-length album, the synth- heavy Glitterbug, which includes singles “Greek Tragedy” and “Give Me a Try.”
“This album is the reconciliation,” affirms Murph defiantly. “They say your first album is luck, your second is a rebellion and your third is what defines you. As proud as I am of the first two albums, I think Glitterbug will be what defines The Wombats.”
After making their Groovin the Moo debut in 2011, The Wombats return to Australia for another round in 2017.