Liverpool pop-rockers The Wombats took what they learned from quick fame, long tours and the lonely aftermath of it all and put it into their second full-length The Wombats Proudly Present: This Modern Glitch.
For the most part, this sounds like a happy record. You’ll dance, nod your head and shake your hips. The first track, “Our Perfect Disease,” immediately sets this tone with fast-paced, uplifting keys and could without a doubt be a candidate for your local pop radio station to play. Many songs, such as the hit “Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)” have a cult-ish sound to them, as if they’re supposed to be in the soundtrack to Rocky Horror Picture Show or some really bad ’80s horror movie.
But don’t let the synth and lively sound fool you; there are some rather depressing and nostalgic parts hidden in This Modern Glitch. “1996” is an ode to the 90s when life was a little easier; “Walking Disasters,” the track following “1996,” is a tribute to a chaotic, failing relationship. It gets pretty sad in “Last Night I Dreamt” as vocalist Matthew Murphy repeats “Last night I dreamt I died alone.” Yikes.
In “Anti-D,” one of the album’s most standout-ish tracks, Murphy again sounds woeful and sad, as displayed in the lackluster yet relatable lyrics: “Please allow me to be your anti depressant/ I too, I am prescribed as freely as any decongestant.”
In any case, The Wombats have managed to still make this a fun album. Hopefully this time around they won’t over-exert themselves.