Indie-rockers The Wombats are a band with high spirits, catchy lyrics, and infectious rhythms. First formed in 2003 when they met at a school in Liverpool, the trio now live in three separate parts of the world. Together they celebrated the last show of their tour in Brooklyn, NY with support from Red Rum Club.
Red Rum Club are a lively sextet from Liverpool consisting of Francis Doran (lead vocals), Tom Williams (guitar, backing vocals), Michael McDermott (guitar, backing vocals), Simon Hepworth (bass guitar), Neil Lawson (drums, percussion), and Joe Corby (trumpet). The English rockers were happy to be on the New York stage, often mentioning the fact that they love to gain new fans across the pond and engage with their day-ones. The band has three albums under their belt and played tracks from each, opening with “Kids Addicted” and “Ballerino” from 2020’s The Hollow of Humdrum, followed with “Nightcalling,” “Monaco,” and “Vibrate” from 2021’s How To Steal The World before closing with “Honey,” “Angeline,” and “Would You Rather Be Lonely?” from 2019’s Matador.
The Wombats are a multi-talented crew made of Matthew Murphy (vocals, guitar, keys), Tord Øverland-Knudsen (bass, keys), and Dan Haggis (drums). The Wombats opened their set with old favorites “Cheetah Tongue,” “Moving to New York” (which Matthew dedicated to the crowd), and “Techno Fan” before leading into “Ready for the High” where the band was joined by a Wombat mascot who played the horn (and would later make its return along with a few friends.) Throughout the bands hour and a half set they covered “People Don’t Change People, Time Does,” “This Car Drives All by Itself,” and “Method to the Madness” off their most recent album Fix Yourself, Not the World as well as “I Don’t Know Why I Like You but I Do,” and “Lemon to a Knife Fight” from 2018’s Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life. The trio also played tracks “Jump into the Fog” and “Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)” from their debut album This Modern Glitch along with the band’s biggest hit “Greek Tragedy” from their sophomore album Glitterbug.
The Wombats closed out the last night of tour with a three-song encore of “Lethal Combination,” “Let’s Dance to Joy Division,” and “Turn” during which a few Wombat mascots joined the band on-stage for a dance party.