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The Wombats follow their Top 5 album ‘This Modern Glitch’ with the release of their third full-length ‘Glitterbug’ via 14th Floor Records / Warner Bros. Records. Already named as Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record, the album’s lead single ‘Greek Tragedy’ was accompanied by a darkly compelling video in which one young fan takes her obsession with the band to disturbing extremes. Produced by Mark Crew (Bastille) and The Wombats – frontman Matthew ‘Murph’ Murphy, bassist Tord Øverland Knudsen and drummer Dan Haggis – the album’s themes were inspired by core songwriter Murph’s experiences in Los Angeles. Drawn to the city’s mix of “opulence and anxiety”, his songwriting for the album focused upon the idea of writing about a tumultuous relationship with a fictional woman from Los Angeles.

“That became the main inspiration for most of the songs, this false world that I’d created for myself,” he explains. “As time progressed, I’d go to L.A. more and more, and the idea kept on building. The album’s about the envy and the struggle and the pretence and the worry and the fear that L.A. – and every major city in the world – encompasses.”

Approximately halfway through the writing process, events conspired to curve full-circle from fiction into fact when Murph started dating a seemingly unattainable woman from the city. And so imaginary stories evolved into real life concerns: the fading embers of his relationship back in London and the challenges of maintaining a long distance relationship. Instrumentally, most of the songs took one of two directions: back in Liverpool, bassist Tord and drummer Dan’s rush of creativity would result in them delivering backing tracks as a foundation for Murph to then build upon in L.A. or London; alternatively Murph would develop the essence of a song on guitar or piano for the band to collectively flesh out. Despite the initial geographic displacement of the trio, subsequent sessions at Mark Crew’s London studio demonstrated that The Wombats’ inter-band dynamics are as strong as ever before.

‘Greek Tragedy’ floats an East Asian-infused synth riff over booming, distorted drum beats, while another immediate stand-out, the uplifting ‘Give Me A Try’ (inspired by Murph’s blossoming new relationship) represents the band’s most positive lyric to date. Other highlights include the elastic bass and pulsating disco rhythm that permeates throughout ‘Be Your Shadow’; the almost unrecognisably different ‘Emoticons’; and ‘This is Not A Party’ which addresses Murph’s swing from celebratory hedonism to a borderline existential crisis over the course of some “fairly sizeable” nights out in the summer of 2013.


Ltd CD Info: Deluxe CD edition, including 2 bonus tracks.

All The Young

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    In Stoke’s All The Young, we find a band for a generation that's lying twitching on the floor, wailing out for a hit of heady, heavy r 'n' r. Formed by the Dooley brothers, All The Young are - frontman Ryan Dooley, bassist Jack Dooley, drummer Will Heaney and guitarist David Cartwright.

    "The thing is, I can understand as much as anyone right now why there's been a lull in proper guitar tunes," states Ryan. "People have been waiting for something bigger to come along. When there’s a lull it made me want it more and fuelled the hunger for it." It's with that same faultless drive, determination and ambition that All The Young burst into the world with an album of brick-breaking powerhouse sounds, brought into catastrophic dimensions by none other than rawk royalty GGGarth Richardson, the man responsible for classic albums from Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Biffy Clyro. A fitting collaboration for a band whose whole manifesto chimes with the age-old tale of the lads from a nowhere town, singing about something better than what's outside their door.

    All The Young are readying their own day of reckoning, with a genuine moment of perfect anthemia.

    The Wombats

    Tokyo (Vampires And Wolves)

    Produced by Eric Valentine (Queens of the Stone Age Lostprophets) "Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)" adds an array of new sounds (including sweeping synths and an insistent bassline) to the band’s famously immediate songwriting.

    Ray Lamontagne

    Till The Sun Turns Black

    This is a super follow-up to his much-loved debut and whilst the warm, woody soulfulness of primetime Van Morrisson still shines through there's enough new ground covered to prove that he is indeed a major talent in the making. There's country and blues to add to his rustic soul music, this time with echoes of John Lennon or even Ryan Adams. There's some unsettling, sparse stuff here too; it's an occasionally challenging as well as a comforting listen. Fans are going to love this record!

    Ray Lamontagne


    Recorded at the Alley and Studio 3 at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, "Trouble" is a truly collaborative experience with Lamontagne playing guitar and singing and prducer Ethan Johns filling in on drums, bass and piano. The overall effect is a personal, warm sounding album that will thrill anyone who loves emotive singer/songwriters.

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