The Wombats at the Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles, CA

English rock trio The Wombats, composed of lead vocalist and guitarist Matthew Murphy, drummer Dan Haggis and bassist Tord Øverland Knudsen, opened up their tour for the fourth album, Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life  at the Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on Sept. 27.

Opening for the band were Roman Lewis and rocker Barns Courtney who put impressive performances. Especially Courtney, he had the rock & roll swag and stage presence of a seasoned veteran.

The Wombats made the right choice choosing Los Angeles as the first tour stop. Los Angeles is now the hometown of frontman Matthew Murphy and the crowd was very welcoming and hyped up. Since it was the first performance of the tour, The Wombats had a lot to accomplish. Not only were they performing some songs live for the first time but they also needed to adjust to their new instrument setups.

The show opened up with their catchy and quirky single “Cheetah Tongue.”  The band performed a total of 17 songs, spanning through their entire catalog. They played classics like “Kill the Director” to brand new performances of songs like "Bee Sting." Frontman Murphy even teased that he was going to forget the lyrics to "Bee Sting" but he sailed smoothly through the song.

I've seen The Wombats perform live a few times through the years and they just keep getting better and better. Their set flew by in an instant and left the audience entertained and wanting more.

Set List:

Cheetah Tongue
Give Me a Try
1996
Black Flamingo
White Eyes
Patricia the Stripper
Techno Fan
Emoticons
Lemon to a Knife Fight
I Don't Know Why I Like You but I Do
Pink Lemonade
Jump Into the Fog
Moving to New York
Lethal Combination
Bee-Sting (Live Debut)

Encore:
Turn
Naïve (The Kooks cover)