There is no denying the fact that The Wombats really love Australia slotting a second tour this year having played back in June. The love for this band is reciprocal with another sell out here in Adelaide at the Hindley Street Music Hall and it is very clear that Aussies cannot enough of these likeable English indie rockers. Opening proceedings was the impressive Australian singer-songwriter Tyne-James Organ who has some quality tunes in the kit bag. Of note and standouts for me included Heal You, triple J Like A Version cover Naïve, Sunday Suit and Not Ready For Love.
The crowd went in to hyper-drive as The Wombats – Matthew Murphy (Murph), Tord Øverland Knudsen, and Dan Haggis – took the stage easing their way in to Moving To New York and Flip Me Upside Down. The Wombats were well and truly on song, sounding fantastic confirming that they are the masters of the three minute indie-pop song. Whilst this tour was very much about promoting their new EP Is This What It Feels Like to Feel Like This? and new album Fix Yourself, Not the World all the classic set staples were there as well. Techno Fan was popular as was Ready For The High featuring a trombone wielding wombat.
Murph admitted to saying that Pink Lemonade was one of the dumbest songs to play live with all the “twisty riffs” for three and a half minutes adding also this was the first song of a couple about lemons. The crowd went nuts for Kill The Director complete with Tales of Boys, Girls and Marsupials introduction. The vocal harmony was fantastic. Back to back great tunes was the flavour of the day and there were so many from the back catalogue that did not get a look in either. People Don’t Change People, Time Does and Jump Into The Fog was followed the comment from Murphy “How are you all feeling at this juncture?” [awesome, thanks!]
This Car Drives All By Itself would have to be one of my favs from the new album as well as current single I Think My Mind Has Made Its Mind Up. Murphy asked the crowd to “feel free to scream” as they were going to kick it up a notch as they delved back in to the “creepy world of lemons” with Lemon To A Knife Fight. The acoustic version of Lethal Combination was stellar and popular tune Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves) was real received. Murphy reflected on playing that one for the first time in Adelaide many moons ago and almost having “shat” their pants having not rehearsed that one fully.
Conceding that jet lag had caught up with they were appreciative and grateful for the energy from the crowd acknowledging it was a real treat to be playing in Australia finishing the main set on If You Ever Leave, I’m Coming With You and Greek Tragedy. There was still plenty more gold to come in the encore with Method to the Madness and the single that kick started it all Let’s Dance to Joy Division getting the crowd going once again. All good things must come to an end an Turn, one of their finest songs written, was a great way to finish off a great Thursday night out.
Live Review By Rob Lyon