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Jump Into The Fog with The Wombats

The charismatic 6ft 4” front man of British pop-punk band, The Wombats, placates the audience with his witty charms, as a technical issue interrupted a heavier version of Moving To New York. From behind the drum kit Dan Haggis flashed about his own charms, “We’re about as professional as a band of monkeys”. Who knew boys from Liverpool could be so endearing. But they didn’t have to worry, the audience clapped and cheered with raucous joy, the trio could have came out with banjos and harmonicas playing country music, and fans would have loved it all the same.

Opening at the Hordern Pavilion with hit track Your Body is a Weapon, from their new album – Glitter Bug – the UK trio got the crowd jumping, stoked for a show full of liverpudllian Britpop.

Bass player Tord Knudsen, couldn’t keep still on stage, rocking his head and dancing over to the drum kit when a heavy bass riff pumped hard. I haven’t seen as much energy in a person since I was six years old and on sugar high of pop-rocks.

Around the middle of the show, the soft, eighties sounding track, Headspace came to a quick finish with a second backing track failure. But they brushed it off like the veterans they are, ripping right into a circumstantially poetic Kill The Director. Before Headspace could make a proper come back, the tried and true fans were treated with a reminiscent demonstration of the groups’ evolution with, Little Miss Pipedream.

Considering the boys had just come back from playing the main stage at Splendour two nights before, I’d say they were still riding the high. Without a show of tired feet or sweat stains, they played hard and bounced off each other with vigour. That goes for the audience as well, all be it the sweat stains and smells, you could tell who was at splendour as they walked past.

If you think a Wombats concert could finish without Let’s Dance To Joy Division you’re so wrong! The classic, walk-off-stage-and-leave-the-audience-wanting-more trick worked like a charm. As if the boys wanted to highlight how much they’ve grown over the years, they played Emoticons from Glitter Bug followed by Joy Division from their first album A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation.

Finally, as if the last sixteen songs weren’t enough, a few verses of Rage Against The Machine’s ‘Killing In The Name Of ‘ showed us a side of the Wombats that I think we would all hope to see more of. Their inner punks were raging.

If you missed The Wombats either at the Hordern or at Splendour, you can still get tix to their remaining show in Adelaide on Thursday 30th.


Jake Cupitt