This summer The WOMBATS' eagerly awaited debut full-length album, The WOMBATS Proudly Present...A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation will see its North American release on June 24th on Roadrunner Records. Produced by the band with Stephen Harris (Kaiser Chiefs, Ben Kweller) and mixed by Rich Costey (Muse, Interpol, Franz Ferdinand), the album's release will be preceded by the anthemic first single, "Let's Dance to Joy Division."
Playing 270 live dates in 2007 alone, including appearances at festivals such as Fuji Rocks, Glastonbury and V Festival, The WOMBATS have become an international buzz band with a brand of hi-octane indie pop genius that will gladly back up the hype. Reaching Gold status in its first week of release in the UK, The WOMBATS Proudly Present...A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation has produced two top ten UK singles, a 2007 NME Award, and received the XFM New Music Award this past January.
Pairing scathing wit and boyish humor with exceptional songwriting and forthright musicianship, it's no wonder The WOMBATS have made such a ruckus debut abroad....A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation is an astoundingly accomplished and irresistibly catchy debut that deals in despair of the most danceable kind. Songs like "Kill The Director" and "Let's Dance To Joy Division" detonate where the brash impulse of youth and self-deprecating melancholy collide. Laced with three part harmonies and dizzying choruses chronicling tongue in cheek disasters that still manage to seem exuberant and carefree, The WOMBATS have created a collection of thirteen astounding tracks that, as NME declares, "make you want to hold them to your bosom and never let go."
The WOMBATS were born in 2003 when Liverpool natives Matthew "Murph" Murphy (vocals, guitar, keyboard) and Dan Haggis (drums, vocals) met assimilated Viking Tord Øverland Knudsen (bass, vocals) at Paul McCartney's Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. Three limited sell-out singles on UK indie label KIDS and a host of rapturously received live shows later, The WOMBATS found themselves the focus of a bidding war that resulted in their signing to the UK's 14th Floor Records in April 2007 and now Roadrunner.
1. Tales of Girls, Boys & Marsupials
2. Kill The Director
3. Moving To New York
4. Lost In The Post
5. Party In A Forest (Where's Laura?)
6. School Uniforms
7. Here Comes The Anxiety
8. Let's Dance To Joy Division
9. Backfire At The Disco
10. Little Miss Pipedream
11. Dr. Suzanne Mattox PhD
12. Patricia The Stripper
13. My First Wedding
The WOMBATS are confirmed for a very limited run of dates in the U.S. this June. Dates are as follows:
June 3 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
June 5 San Francisco, CA@ Popscene
June 6 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy