The Wombats – Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)

Release Date 27/09/2010

By Chris Gilliver

The Wombats came to represent everything that was wrong with the scratchy, post-Libertines indie scene. Their lyrics were not just dull, they were obviously stupid. Will moving to New York, a city that famously never sleeps, help you defeat insomnia? And is dancing to Joy Division ironic? No it will not, and no it fucking isn’t! Arrrrrggghhh! All of which would be totally forgivable if the music wasn’t so outrageously bland. Like a photocopy of a photocopy of a photocopy, the template left by the Libertines was left so diluted and contaminated by the time it reached The Wombats that the only reasonable thing to do would be to put it in the paper-shredder. When I search for The Wombats on Amazon, in the music I may also like selection it kindly suggested other landfill indie acts: The Enemy, The Pigeon Detectives etc. True they show energy, but so do rabid dogs when they’re trying to sink their teeth into your balls.

But let’s be totally fair here. The Wombats are just a bunch of guys who wanted to be in a band, make music, and have some fun. It’s not their fault their mediocre talent was hyped so massively out of all proportion…

Alas, you can’t keep an overhyped band down. The Wombats return with ‘Tokyo’, which does for the electro-pop scene what ‘Moving to New York’ did for the indie scene i.e. serve as a timely reminder for the genre’s over-saturation. Tokyo’s another cool destination of course, and this time the singer’s advocating going there to escape his problems, as if going to New York wasn’t enough. At this rate ’Moving to New York Part 3’ should have them circling Pluto – and I predict that The Wombats will go neo-folk for that one.

‘Tokyo’ is catchy and well-produced, but again it’s using a template that has no more life in it. If The Wombats are to become scene leaders, rather than scene stealers, they’re going to have to go in a dangerous new direction rather than copying everyone else. I doubt that will happen.

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2 responses

24 09 2010
Elle

You’re wrong, The Wombats are awesome! They are catchy and the lyrics are funny, anecdotal and just plain awesome, and dancing to Joy Division is ironic, i’m not sure if you have listened to Joy Division before but dancing to that awesomely depressive music is the height of irony.

24 09 2010
citylifers

But that doesn’t make it ironic. The music has a pounding, driving rhythm designed to make you want to dance. Dancing to music that makes you want to dance is not ironic, it’s just dancing. The fact that the lyrics are depressing and at odds with the music,might make “Love Will Tear Us Apart” in itself ironic…but that’s as far as it goes.

Agreed, they’re catchy, but they’re lyrically dreary saying nothing with coherence or interesting content.

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