Starting the U.S. part of their “This Modern World” tour in New York City, The Wombats did not disappoint their screaming fans and left them wanting more.
If you are unfamiliar with this indie rock band, open iTunes and start downloading. Hailing from Liverpool, England, The Wombats’ mixture of fast paced and slow rock with a dash of electro makes their music catchy and addictive. Also, they’re British, so what’s not to love about them?
The Wombats played at Webster Hall on October 19 and were supported by local indie bands The Postelles and The Static Jacks. Though these bands pumped up the crowd, all we wanted to see was The Wombats.
Although I’m an avid fan of theatricality and over-the-top performances, the great thing about an indie rock concert is that the band is left raw and exposed on the stage with only their voices and instruments to please the crowd, and boy, did they impress. The moment The Wombats stepped on stage, the crowd was already screaming and jumping, anticipating the first song to which they could scream at the top of their lungs.
Starting the night with “Perfect Disease,” The Wombats played numerous songs off their 2010-released second album, The Wombats Proudly Present: This Modern Glitch, such as “Jump into the Fog,” “1996” and my personal favorite “Techno Fan.” They also played some classics like “Kill the Director” and “First Wedding” off their first album The Wombats Proudly Present: A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation. The crowd went especially wild to The Wombats’ New York-inspired song “Moving to New York” and radio hit “Tokyo (Vampires and Wolves).”
The band finished off with “Tokyo” and wished the crowd goodnight, without singing some of their big hits. However, after a couple of minutes, they came running back for an encore to sing “Anti – D” and their classic and most popular song, “Let’s Dance to the Joy Division,” the perfect song to finish off an already epic night.
Seeing The Wombats live in New York City has definitely been one of the highlights while studying abroad this semester. Their catchy songs left me singing constantly for the next week, even during my mid-term the next day. I definitely would chop a limb off just to have a good time and see them again!