They were there. They were loud and full of energy. They were throwing drumsticks in to the crowd. They couldn’t stop jumping around. The Wombats fulfilled the expectations of their audience. Oh, and I didn’t catch the water bottle that Matthew Murphy threw into the crowd – and I was so thirsty!
When the band from Liverpool played at the Docks they appeared to be really busy on stage yet underemployed. Matthew Murphy was singing lead vocals, playing the guitar and the keyboards, sometimes all three of them in one song.
But an even more noticeable part was performed by Tord Øverland-Knudsen, who is their bassist and sings backing-vocals: He seemed to have some kind of anti-falling protection. He bounced and skipped, ran and vibrated. At the end of the songs he would suddenly start balancing his bass guitar on his head. The next moment he holds it at arm’s length and rotates. At certain points the band members even added a solo which gave everyone the special ‘Yeah, we’re at a concert and can hear special things you other people don’t and will never know about’-feeling. And nevertheless the songs were played accurately, synchronically, rhythmically.
The eight-year old indie rock band played a healthy mixture of all of their songs and presented some pieces from their new album “The Wombats Proudly Present: This Modern Glitch” which is released on April 29.
Sometimes, their songs appeared darker than they sound on the CDs. You’ll find that the focus was more on the ‘This is my First Wedding – He’s pissed’-part and ‘We know how to play the bass guitar’ than on all the ‘Hu Hu’s and ‘Oh Oh’s which they are well-known for. Fittingly they had an oversized, strange-looking and somehow scary puppet head on the amp which they at times used as a mask.
The Wombats fascinated the concertgoers and they knew it. This is possibly why they showed off a bit – by making everybody wait for two hours and then playing from exactly 9 till exactly 10. Then they took a five-minute break and played two more songs, the last song being, obviously, ‘Let’s Dance to Joy Division’ – their most popular song which everybody was longing for. But they knew they could behave like this because they are valued so highly by their fans. The spectators appreciated the Wombats’ concert, trying to give the band some of their tangible energy back: Let’s Dance to the Wombats!