The Wombats: The Wombats Proudly Present…This Modern Glitch
One of England’s greatest exports is its post-punk, synth-bathed rock. The Wombats are a prime example of this style, with their second LP, The Wombats Proudly Present…This Modern Glitch, showing just as much energy and upbeat spirit as the group’s debut. There’s enough rock to please the indie set and enough strings to please those who are drawn to melody and beauty.
One thing that the band’s improved upon is its ability to harness a big, bold chorus. This will doubtlessly translate well in live performances when fans can sing along. “Techno Fan,” for instance, sounds huge and inspiring even though the basic plot involves a couple dancing to surprisingly good techno music. “Jump into the Fog” has hypnotizing drums and backing vocals that makes the title’s repetition stand out like a call to arms.
But being more mature and polished doesn’t mean The Wombats are any less fun. “Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)” has a bouncy beat and obviously plays with the world’s Twilight fetish, while “1996” sounds like it comes from a pop act rather than a serous band. It has a strange amount of nostalgia embedded in the sound, as though it’s already been done before and plucked out of the 90’s.
The Wombats were already a great band, and they’ve benefitted from a bit of hard work and good production. Too many guitar bands dabble too far into electronica and lose their edge, but The Wombats Proudly Present…This Modern Glitch is far from what its title promises.