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  • India Wallis

The Wombats Announce New EP & Intimate Australian Tour

Fresh from topping the charts with their first UK number one album, Fix Yourself, Not The World, playing their biggest ever global headline tour and hitting one million subscribers on Spotify, indie legends The Wombats today continue their remarkable ascent with the announcement of their new EP Is This What It Feels Like To Feel Like This?

Photo credit: Jamie MacMillan

The six-track collection will be released on 18 November digitally and on vinyl, and will be followed by a series of intimate Australian shows alongside their spot on the line up for Spilt Milk festival. The Wombats will kick off the tour across November and December in Melbourne, followed by shows in Adelaide, Brisbane, Newcastle and Sydney.

Recorded shortly after completing their acclaimed fifth studio album, Is This What It Feels Like To Feel Like This? is The Wombats rawest material yet, trading polished synths for spiky guitar riffs and heavy choruses. The band themselves co-produced part of the project themselves, bassist Tord Øverland Knudsen then taking some files back to his homeland of Norway, to be mixed in his home studio, with regular collaborators Mike Crossey and Mark Crew working on the remainder.

The announcement comes accompanied by a new single in the form of the eponymous ‘Is This What It Feels Like To Feel Like This?’. Blending The Wombats’ trademark infectious energy with an earworm of a riff, frontman Matthew “Murph” Murphy explains how the single came about:

“I remember driving past an extremely rundown hotel and wondering what the hell could be going on in there, and that's where this song was born. It's about catching someone in a compromising situation that's very unusual for their specific character and is far more fitting for your own.”

If anyone doubted it, their debut number one UK album, number 2 ARIA album and number one ARIA vinyl album earlier this year confirmed the fact that The Wombats are a band at the peak of their powers. Built over sixteen years, their ever-expanding fanbase has continued to swell, boosted first by a new generation of fans discovering their vast catalogue of indie bangers through streaming, then via TikTok following the viral success of Oliver Nelson’s remix of their 2015 hit ‘Greek Tragedy’. Underpinning it all though is the timeless power of their songwriting and Murph’s inimitable lyrical style, which was lauded by fans and critics alike for Fix Yourself, Not The World.

This success was brought home to the band most tangibly during their recent world tour, where Murph, Tord and drummer Dan Haggis played their biggest ever headline show at London’s The O2, also visiting North and South America, Europe and Australia, before heading home for a busy summer of festivals. Moving straight into their next collection, this new EP shows The Wombats still have a lot more noise to make.

Australian Tour dates:

Sun 27 Nov – Palais Theatre, Melbourne

Thur 1 Dec – Hindley Street Music Hall, Adelaide

Tue 6 Dec – Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane

Fri 9 Dec – Bar on the Hill, Newcastle

Sun 11 Dec – Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Sydney

Presale available from 10am (local), Monday 22 August

Tickets on sale to the general public from 9am (local), Tuesday 23 August

Australian Festival Dates:

Sat 26 Nov – Spilt Milk, Canberra

Sat 3 Dec – Spilt Milk, Ballarat

Sun 4 Dec – Spilt Milk, Gold Coast





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