On Tuesday evening, May 31st, Liverpool dance-punk phenoms, The Wombats
, performed for a sold-out crowd at The Bowery Ballroom. I've never possessed the urge to cut a rug, but then again, I had never seen The Wombats live. Flying solo at the historic venue's balcony bar, I overlooked the house of intense diversity. Pouring onto the floor were all shapes and ages. From the hippest Williamsburgers, to the yuppiest of Hampton's holiday couples, the crowd fervently shuffled in, with the hope of grabbing their dance-worthy diameter of the floor.
Considering the instant success of their debut, many had been skeptical about the recent release of their sophomore album The Wombats Proudly Present: This Modern Glitch
. But the audience displayed little cynicism as they jumped and sang along to the band's latest tracks. Halfway through the show, in his proper, white dinner jacket, frontman, Matthew Murphy, paused to towel his wild mop, and to tell everyone that the following songs would be from A Guide to Love Loss & Desperation
. From the opening chords of "Party In A Forest (Where's Laura)" (Laura could certainly hear the crowd's singalong from miles away) to the shows end, the audience moved erratically with the flashing strobes.
The Wombats Proudly Present: This Modern Glitch
is out now via Roadrunner Records.