The trio of Matthew Murphy, Tord Øverland Knudsen and Dan Haggis met and formed The Wombats at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts in 2003, emerged in 2006, and quickly became champions of the noughts’ guitar-pop explosion with hits like “Moving to New
York,” “Kill The Director” and “Let’s Dance To Joy Division.” The euphoric tales of romantic misadventures in cinemas, rock clubs, forests, weddings and strip bars that filled their platinum-selling 2007 debut, A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation garnered them a dedicated fanbase, and they never looked back. A decade later, The Wombats are readying the release of their fourth studio album, Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life, a “lush indie soundscape wrapped in ‘Blade Runner’ synths, future grooves, celestial solos and space-age melodies.”
Written from three corners of the globe—drummer Haggis in London, bassist Knudsen in Oslo and frontman Murphy in his new home base of Los Angeles—Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life was created over long-distance writing sessions, supplemented by intense two-week in-person sessions in Oslo. With the album now set for a Feb. 9 release, the band kicked off a North American tour in January that will take them across the continent.
Watch the Wombats perform some new songs live at Paste Studio!