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The Wombats – O2 Academy, Birmingham

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Who would have thought that The Wombats would still to this day have the power to sell out venues and capture our hearts and souls! It’s been almost four years since they exploded onto the music scene with ‘Let’s Dance to Joy Division’ and the ever so popular ‘Moving to New York’. Since then they have toured, grown an army of fans and waited patiently to release upon the world their 2011 album ‘This Modern Glitch’. Luckily I was one of the few who managed to snag a ticket before the HMV Institute in Birmingham sold out!

The awesome night began with Norwegian support band Team Me showering us with bubbly pop-rock. Despite the bands relatively unknown music, the audience lapped it up and got moving to the addictive songs and entertaining stage presence.

Shortly after the six-piece Norwegians delighted us with their jumpy tunes, we were swept away by Morning Parade’s performance. The synths oozed 90’s dance music, whilst the roaring guitars kept us on our toes the entire time. It’s safe to say everyone in the venue loved it despite the overgrowing anticipation for The Wombats. These guys are set to release their very first EP in March and I for one cannot wait!

Photos by Cris Bowyer

It was now time for The Wombats to take to the stage and grace us with their highly anticipated presence. Catering for both new and old, The Wombats had us all singing along to all of their old favourites like ‘Patricia the Stripper’ and ‘Backfire at the Disco’, whilst blasting out a few of their newer songs from ‘This Modern Glitch’. Of course their newer material didn’t get the crowd moving quite the same, nevertheless it was still pleasing to the ears and nice to nod along to. You don’t need to be a genius to realize that this album will quickly grow on the masses just like their previous material and their signature upbeat attitude is present throughout the new tracks played.

Overall it was an insanely entertaining night fuelled with indie-pop and a very receptive crowd. More gigs like this please?

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