The Wombats

The Wombats at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, CA

In support of their upcoming fourth album, Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life, English rock trio The Wombats, composed of lead vocalist and guitarist Matthew Murphy, drummer Dan Haggis and bassist Tord Øverland Knudsen, performed at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on Jan. 25.

Opening for the band were Brooklyn synth-pop outfit Nation of Language and L.A.-based Future Feats.

The Wombats opened up the show with their latest single “Cheetah Tongue.” For being only a week out, the songs quirky lyrics caused a lot of excitement through the crowd. The band performed a total of 17 songs, spanning through their entire catalog. They played classics like “Kill the Director” to a never heard of songs off the upcoming album “Black Flamingo.”

The band has an uncanny ability to make outrageous lyrics seem cool and fun. And that translates well into their live performance, as it’s quite fun to scream out “This is no Bridget Jones” along with hundreds of people. The bands bantering is just as weird as they were able to get the audience to scream out “RABBIT” and brought out a man dressed up as a wombat during the set.

During the end of the set, and in a tender moment, Murphy dedicated “Turn” to his wife who was in attendance. The Wombats have been in the music scene for over 10 years and they've definitely have figured out how to put on a fun show. Although they played 17 songs, their set flew by in an instant and left the audience in awe.

 

Set List

Cheetah Tongue
Give Me a Try
1996
Kill the Director
Black Flamingo
Techno Fan
Emoticons
Lemon to a Knife Fight
Here Comes the Anxiety
The English Summer
Pink Lemonade
Moving to New York
Jump into the Fog
Let’s Dance to Joy Division

Encore:
Turn
Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)
Greek Tragedy