The Wombats Plot U.S. 'Glitch' Tour in August
The Wombats promise that their upcoming trio of U.S. concert dates will not be their last trip across the pond to support their sophomore album, "This Modern Glitch."
"We're coming back in August, and we're planning out something in October-November time as well," the British trio's bassist Tord Overland-Knudsen tells Billboard.com. "We'll be coming back a couple of times, and starting night year there might be even more coming. We'll definitely be hitting the States quite a lot. It's a big place, so it's really hard to get to everything. But we're gonna do our best."
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The Wombats have been on the road since the end of February and do a drive-by of the U.S. with shows in New York (May 31), Los Angeles (June 1) and San Francisco (June 3) before returning to Europe for a festival run -- including Glastonbury in its homeland on June 24 -- with a U.K. tour planed for September and October. "We love touring," Overland-Knudsen affirms. "It's what we're really passionate about."
The road work also comes as a relief after the exacting and occasionally frustrating recording of "This Modern Glitch."
The group started working on the album in earnest in February of 2009, according to frontman Matthew Edward Murphy, after touring to support its 2007 debut "The Wombats proudly present...A Guide to Love, Loss and Desperation," which went platinum in the U.K. "The first thing we started doing was a rebellion against the first album," Murphy explains. "things were a lot heavier, a lot grungier. We basically put on distortion boxes and obviously had a lot of anger to drag out."
Overland-Knudsen, meanwhile, says that "it took about half a year before we knew where we were going with it," and even then the Wombats had trouble satisfying its label. "We'd write five songs we were really pleased with and we gave them to the label and they're like, 'Um, we're not too sure about this...' " the bassist recalls. "We got a little bit worried at times, like, 'Why are we writing these songs?' But it was good to have them push us to another level."
Murphy, meanwhile, notes that, "We got pushed a lot by the label, but essentially we pushed ourselves 100 times more than they did. We kind of expect a lot from ourselves...and 35 songs down the line, we had an album."
The Wombats also went through four producers -- Rich Costey, Eric Valentine, Jacknife Lee and Butch Walker -- in making "This Modern Glitch," but all's well that ends well. The album debuted at No. 3 on the U.K. charts and is already three singles deep, with a fourth ("Techno Fan") on the way. Murphy is also pleased that fans are responding well to the synthesizers and more dance-flavored beats that the Wombats added to their sound for the new album.
"That was born out of necessity rather than choice," Murphy explains. "Drums, bass and guitar just wasn't cutting it for us anymore. We wanted to kind of explore a bit more and go down a different road. It just happened synthesizers allowed us to do that. It could have been anything; we were looking for whatever would give us the best kind of creative vibe, I guess, and people seem to like this course we took."