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The Wombats spread euphoria at Metro City

On their whirlwind Groovin’ The Moo tour, The Wombats stopped by Metro City last week for a sneaky side show.

ISOBEL ARMSTRONG.
All photos supplied with courtesy from Metro City and Anthony Tran Photography.

On their whirlwind Groovin’ The Moo tour, The Wombats stopped by Metro City last week for a sneaky side show. The trio were supported by local legends who played a rousing set from 8.30. Metro City even cracked a joke on their Facebook event: “Clearly not rubbish… it’s Verge Collection!”.

A couple Redbull and vodka’s later, we were packed in on the d-floor- necks craning, eyes keen. I opted for the mezzanine at the last visit, but this time, it seemed more like a floor show. I was right. Once they heard Knudsen’s bass and Haggis’ kit reverberating across the balconies, the crowd went wild. Every single person knew every single word- Moving To New York, Emoticons, Techno Fan and Give Me a Try were especially memorable. Murphy stunned as always- power-pop ballad vocals fuelled what turned out to be an absolutely euphoric performance.

The set list left no surprises, but that’s not necessary a bad thing. The Wombats only have three albums, but they’ve sold over a million copies worldwide. The band moved fluidly from the raw up-jumped tangy 2007 motion of debut Tales of Girls, Boys and Marsupials right into the more polished dream-tone electronic era of Glitterbug and back again several times.

The night ended, of course, with Let’s Dance To Joy Division, after an enigmatic ovation (we were already standing). Overall, the evening left one thing to be desired: the fourth studio album.

Come back soon Wombats!

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