The Wombats took over Terminal 5 on Tuesday in support of their new album Glitterbug
. Opening the show was Royal Teeth, an indie pop outfit with two gorgeous, charismatic lead singers and one of the most active drummers I've ever seen live (no joke, the guy must have burned 500 calories during the 45 minute set).
By the time the Wombats took the stage, the crowd was good and ready for them. In spite of their new album being very dance-y and pop-y, their live show is much more like a punk performance than I ever expected. Especially bassist Tord Overland Knudsen, who flung himself across the stage by the strap of his instrument. Lead singer Matthew Murphy brought his Liverpudlian swagger and attitude, delivering hard-hitting vocals and jump-along choruses with relative ease, sending the predominantly youthful crowd into a frenzy.
The audience was young, many with black Xs on the back of their hands, signaling that they were too young to drink, but as I stood in the photo pit, it was clear from the deafening screams that came from behind me at the beginning of each song that they had claimed this music as their own. They were fully acquainted with every verse, chorus, and instrumental break, even on the new tracks. As someone who has mainly been a fan of music from to the generations before mine, it was fascinating to see such an overwhelming mass of beautiful young people have something new that they so closely identified with, and to feel like I was a part of something new.
We managed to snag some pretty sweet photos of the evening too which you can check out here.