“We fiddled ourselves a gig in a place called Hannah’s Bar in Liverpool,“ Matthew ‘Murph’ Murphy recalls, “and we didn’t really have a name and me and Dan (Haggis) went through a period of calling each other Wombo.”
Dan: “Basically Wombo the Wombat was a fictional kind of character in our daily talk.”
Murph: “We used to call each other ‘stupid wombats’ as well, and then we needed a name for this first gig so Dan was like ‘just call us The Wombats.”
Dan: “And the guy just laughed and went ‘yeah, that’s funny, that’ll do for now.”
Looks like “for now” is a rather indefinite thing, especially given the success these post-punkateering gents have experienced so far. Like the adoption of their namesake, everything seems to come easy to The Wombats. Incredibly, the band found themselves playing distant festivals in Beijing, Canada, and Norway shortly after graduating from Paul McCartney’s Institute of Performing Arts in ’03. Fast forward several years, and seven self financed EPs later to winter of last year…that is when the band rallied ‘round Europe supporting the Kaiser Chiefs, not to mention Babyshambles in the UK. That’s the kind of ticket that will garner a ton of buzz. It did overseas. Now it’s time for them to conquer America. And though The Wombats might have graduated from a school blazed w/ an ex-Beatle’s name across the front entrance, don’t expect “Hey Jude” or “Band on the Run” out of these lads from Liverpool. This is high energetic fare in the vein of fellow countrymen (and equally adorably named) The Artic Monkeys. - David Pitz
The band is currently set to digitally release a self titled EP, complete with remix by CSS, September 18th on the Kids imprint.