Over the past couple of years The Wombats have given us some eccentric indie rock songs that explore their quirky personalities and unique songwriting techniques. For album number three they have decided to get a bit serious and experiment further with the synth-pop sound they implemented on their album “This Modern Glitch”. Lead singer Matthew Murphy wrote this album about a tumultuous relationship with a fictional woman from LA. The result is “Glitterbug” and this concept album delivers arena ready synth pop/Indie rock goodness. In typical Wombats fashion some of the songs are repetitive and blend into a same-same transparent sound. But saying that there are epic, well produced tracks that will excite every bit of you. Perfect album opener “Emoticons” sets the mood with the heavy synth-pop influence bringing to life this fictional long distance relationship. “And all these emoticons and words try to make it better but they only make it worse”. It was “Give Me A Try” that made me really excited when listening to this album in its entirety. The vibrant chorus explodes with a kick ass chorus that sees Murph exclaiming “we could be gigantic”. It’s one of the more radio ready songs that will translate well with mainstream airtime and is reminiscent of their massive hit “Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)”. The singles “Your Body Is A Weapon” and “Greek Tragedy” bring infectious and well known melodies to the album and while they are the “hits” in this collection they aren’t the strongest. “Be Your Shadow” was instantly a favourite with its strong imagery and infectious hook. “Kiss me with your fist it’s alright. Wrap your hands around my throat I won’t mind. I’m permanent now, I won’t go. I just want to be your shadow”. Slowing things down and re-creating the vibe of an 80’s influenced anthem “Headspace” sees them redefining their sound. The indie pop sound suits them incredible well and the song will have you just wanting to throw your hands in the air. But old school fans don’t fret because they give you classic Wombats in “The English Summer” where Murphs vocals have the most character and don’t sound so monotonous.
“This Is Not A Party”, “Pink Lemonade” and “Curveballs” bring the mediocre moments of the album that could almost be skipped. “Curveball” had the momentum to be an album highlight but failed miserably when it anti climaxed and finished early before releasing an epic final hook that it was building towards the entire time. My excitement for this album was a lot. My disappointment was very minimal. So it’s safe to say that The Wombats delivered quite strongly and I’m highly awaiting their return to Australian shores in July for some epic shows.