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.
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