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The Wombats
The Wombats EP
Bright Antenna/Kids In America
www.thewombats.co.uk


A couple years ago, The Wombats would have been considered too British to gain a big following here in the States. So, it's kind of ironic that their label is called "Kids In America", they have a song called "Moving to New York", and the album cover features New York City images. Although the band's lyrics are definitely interesting, The Wombats don't quite deliver lines as abrasive and witty as their chart topping, indie counterparts The Arctic Monkeys or even Lily Allen. Instead, they ride on the quality of their music.

This self-titled EP features the same songs the band released last year on their debut full-length A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation. Each track is upbeat, poppy, and hugely melodic with great harmonies. It's no surprise that the band met at the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts.

The EP opens with "Backfire At The Disco" which reached the U.K. Top 30 singles chart, and each song that follows is a danceable mix of synth and guitars. The only point where the band slows down is on "Little Miss Pipedream" which has a lovely groove and some keen whistling. As reflected in their songs, the band has an intense energy and although they have accents that might be a little too strong for most of America, they might be able to win people's hearts with the force of their music.

-Jon Murray

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