Preview: The Wombats at O2 Guildhall, Southampton


Scouse trio The Wombats will descend upon Southampton’s most illustrious of halls on the 30th September with their melodic and irreverent indie disco in tow. Since 2007’s A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation they have been at the forefront of the indie-rock vanguard and a mainstay in any self respecting Propaganda set list, still loving techno and drinking with a northern soul.

Lead singer Mathew Murphy, percussion enthusiast Dan Haggis and the guitar wielding Norwegian Tord Øverland Knudsen stop off at our very own grade II listed building as part of their international tour for their third studio album, Glitterbug. Released on the 13th April 2015, expect lovelorn tunes awash with pop culture lampooning. Ever so slightly more broody than their early stuff, but much like the vampyric cityscapes of 2011’s This Modern Glitch, the catchy synth laden hooks more than alleviate any distress. They will be supported on the night by Sundara Karma, ignore the Buddhist/Hindu allusion and think euphoric and rousing anthemia.

Glitterbug manages to blend the best of their two previous efforts, so you can expect the Guildhall to be bouncing to a techno infused indie mishap with tasty riffs, marsupials and lasers. Watch out for the stadium rock sound of the album’s first single ‘Your Body Is A Weapon’ and don’t be surprised to see off the evening with the indie 101, elbows-in-your-face ‘Let’s Dance To Joy Division’.

Glitterbug is out now and tickets for their Southampton show are currently available online for just £21.45 by clicking here.


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