The Wombats are a three-piece indie band from Liverpool, England. They comprise of two native Liverpudlians; front man Matthew Murphy, provider of voice, guitar and keyboards, drummer and b-vocalist Dan Haggis and bass and additional vocalist Tord Øverland-Knudsen, a Norwegian who has made his home in the city. The three met at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. The school gave them the chance to play gigs to over 20,000 people in China. This was one of the band’s first trips to play outside the UK.
Early Years 2003 - 2006
The three met at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. The school gave them the chance to play gigs to over 20,000 people in China. This was one of the band’s first trips to play outside the UK. They spent their time traveling around the country in a Vauxhall Agila. And spent most of their time drunk as quoted by the band while on the Colin Murray show in 2007. Their debut single Lost in the Post/Party in a Forest (Where’s Laura) was released at the end of 2006. They also managed to release an album in Japan called Girls, Boys and Marsupials and reached fame over in the Far East.
Present Day 2007 -
The band then released a second limited edition vinyl called Moving to New York in January, 2007. This single got critical acclaim from Radio DJs such as Colin Murray and Zane Lowe. In May the band released their third single called Backfire at the Disco this then lead to the band successfully released their first full single Kill the Director in late July. This single managed to reach #35 in the U.K Singles Chart. Their last single “Let’s Dance To Joy Division” was released in October 2007, to coincide with the release of their debut album, entitled The Wombats Proudly Present: A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation which managed to get to #11 in the U.K charts. The release is being followed by a European tour ending with a Christmas party at Liverpool Academy. Moving to New York will be re-released on January 14, 2008
Girls, Boys and Marsupials - 2006, Vinyl Junkie (Japan Only)
The Wombats Proudly Present: A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation Released 05/11/07 (UK) #11 U.K
Limited Release Singles
2007 “Lost In The Post”
2007 “Moving To New York”
2007 “Backfire At The Disco”
2007 “A Guide To Love, Loss and Desperation”
2007* ” Backfire at the Disco”
2007 “Kill the Director” #35 UK
2007 “Let’s Dance to Joy Division” #15 UK
2008 “Moving to New York” #37 UK 14 January 2008