Love Fame Tragedy is the birth of a new solo musical project for The Wombats lead singer Matthew Murphy. Stepping away from the British indie-rock veterans for a moment, he wanted to really explore his sonical and lyrical exploration as a musician. Focusing on his love, heartbreak, pain and life journey, this project is a true representation of the highs and lows from his side of the fence.
With the release of his debut album ‘Wherever I Go, I Want To Leave’, he captures that goal in an all rounded indie pop-rock affair. Compiled of seventeen tracks which included releases from his introductory EP’s ‘I Don’t Want To Play The Victim, But I’m Really Good At It’ and ‘Five Songs To Briefly Fill The Void’, as well as his lead singles ‘5150’ and ‘Everything Affects Me Now’, there were only six new tracks for fans to dive into.
This album feels very cohesive from start to finish. The energy is high, the singalong’s are fire, and the lyrics are deeply relatable. You get those festival ready vibes from the get-go, and they keep flowing throughout the whole album with the addition of these new songs.
‘Sharks’ hits you with a pulsating guitar riff while this imaginative storyline of him living on an island surround by sharks represents the space he’s drawn between himself and someone. Rolling into the darker tones of ‘B-Team’, and ‘Honeypie’ there is a slight country influence to the guitar riffs which shows another experimental venture.
‘You Take The Fun Out Of Everything’ is a clear standout from the very first listen. With it’s electronic foundations, and ‘Green Light’ by Lorde reminiscent keys, there is a very vibrant and light feeling to this song. But at it’s core there is a darker story of the breakdown of a relationship and the toxicity that can fill the void. “Maybe I should have stayed under covers with ex-lovers” he proclaims during the pre-chorus.
‘Wherever I Go, I Want To Leave’ is a bold debut album for Love Fame Tragedy that did exactly what he wanted it to, and that was introduce people to who he really is as an artist. It’s packed with upbeat indie pop-rock moments layered with heartfelt storylines and it’s just very very good.