2018 has gotten off to a cracking start for Liverpool indie-rockers The Wombats, who released their fourth studio album, ‘Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life’, last week. The trio recently announced various in-stores and have been working with Music Venue Trust to play a selection of independent venues, in support of the small venues of the UK that they came up through. We caught the band at the Stoke date of their mini tour, over at The Sugarmill and despite nursing hangovers from their homecoming show the night before, they blew the crowd away with tracks from all four of their albums.

Kicking their set off with the infectiously catchy ‘Cheetah Tongue’ from ‘Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life’, it was clear to see that the crowd were more than familiar with the new material. It’s rare to see a band receive the same reaction for every track in their set list but the Wombats did exactly that; from the anthemic ‘Kill The Director’ from their debut album, ‘A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation’, to ‘Lemon To A Knife Fight’; the lead single from their new album.

Front-man Matthew Murphy/Murph’s expressive crooning of  I like the way you turn me inside and out” during ‘Turn’ highlighted his ongoing talent of delivering witty lyrics and the crowd chanted every line at the top of their lungs, with Murph holding out his microphone on more than one occasion. The Wombats sure know how to hold a crowd and bassist Tord Øverland Knudsen’s energy as he bounced around the stage was contagious, as well as the energy that the band put into each and every one of their playful choruses and synth pulses.

In a recent interview, Murph spoke of the bands effort to make their latest offering an album “that has the chance of being timeless” and as they flawlessly ploughed through the majority of their singles from the last ten years, including ‘Give Me A Try’ and ‘Jump Into The Fog’, it’s evident that they’ve succeeded.

The night came to an end with ‘Greek Tragedy’, one of the bands most popular tracks to date, and the band left the stage to exultant cheers from a more than satisfied sell-out audience. The Wombats are a band very much at the peak of their careers and their reputation as a phenomenal live act was more than justified in Stoke last Tuesday night.

The Wombats tour the UK next month. Tickets are on sale now.

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