The Wombats have been making moves in the next stage of their music; and have now announced their forthcoming fifth studio album. Fix Yourself, Not The World, due for release on 7th January 2022 via AWAL. Over the past year, the band have been working remotely from their respective homes; producing some of the most captivating, inventive and forward-thinking music of their career to date.
With Frontman, Matthew “Murph” Murphy based in LA, bassist, Tord Øverland Knudsen in Oslo and drummer Dan Haggis in London it was no easy task. Discussing each day’s plan over zoom and recording separately their individual efforts were sent to producers Jacknife Lee (U2, The Killers), Gabe Simon (Dua Lipa, Lana Del Rey), Paul Meaney (Twenty One Pilots, Nothing But Thieves), Mark Crew (Bastille, Rag‘n’Bone Man) and Mike Crossey (The 1975, The War on Drugs, Yungblud) to mix into the finished tracks. “It was pure madness, to be honest,” explains Murph.
“We’re so excited for people to hear this new album! We’ve explored new genres and pushed ourselves further than ever musically. It will always stand out for us in our memories from our other albums as we recorded it across three cities during lockdown, and we weren’t all in the same room at the same time!” says Dan Haggis.
We’ve recently been treated to ‘Method To The Madness’, a cathartic introduction into this exciting new era. The Wombats new single, ‘If You Ever Leave, I’m Coming With You’ is a hugely addictive electro-pop hit. Acting as an ode to obsessive devotion, you’ll no doubt become obsessed with this track.
Talking on the track, Frontman Murph shared,
“I noticed that 2020 and 2021 put some serious strain on interpersonal relationships, it felt like people around me were really struggling. For me, ‘If You Ever Leave, I’m Coming With You’ taps into all of that and asks the question… is it the circumstances putting undue stress on people? Or have the circumstances shed light on people’s incompatibility with one another?”
Over 15 years, the band have achieved 3 top 5 UK albums and are pulling in bigger audiences than ever before. After the viral success of Oliver Nelson’s remix of iconic 2015 track, ‘Greek Tragedy’ on TikTok, a whole new generation of fans has been born. Something the band has continued to do since the release of 2007 debut album, ‘A Guide To Love, Loss & Desperation’ Used in over 600,000 videos (some of which have over 100 million views), the remix has rocketed to over 30 million streams, propelling the original to 120 million streams and sending it Gold in the US. From the viral success the band have surpassed 1.5 billion worldwide streams and an additional 2.4 million new monthly listeners on Spotify since January. It’s helped the band surpass 1.5 billion worldwide streams, also amassing an extra 2.4 million. There really is no doubt surrounding the Wombats’ skill in continually reaching new generations through the timeless power of their songwriting and lyrics alone.
The Wombats’ music is stuff thats hugely exciting to hear live, and the band have revealed plans for a six date headline UK tour in April 2022. Playing massive nights in Leeds, Glasgow, Cardiff, Liverpool and Scarborough, as well as their biggest ever headline show at The O2, London on 15th April. Tickets will go on sale from 9am BST on 20th August. The announcement comes accompanied by a brand new single ‘If You Ever Leave, I’m Coming With You’, which is BBC Radio 1’s Future Sounds Hottest Record In The World.
With a summer ahead that includes second from top billings at Reading & Leeds Festival main stage and Neighbourhood Weekender, plus their biggest ever UK headline tour set for 2022, this is only the start of what’s to come as fans new and old gear up for the next exciting chapter from one of Britain’s most adored bands.
Although we’ve got a little while to wait to hear it, you can check out the tracklist for the new album below!
Fix Yourself, Not The World tracklist:
1. Flip Me Upside Down
2. This Car Drives All By Itself
3. If You Ever Leave, I’m Coming With You
4. Ready For The High
5. Method to the Madness
6. People Don’t Change People, Time Does
7. Everything I Love Is Going To Die
8. Work Is Easy, Life Is Hard
10. Don’t Poke The Bear
12. Fix Yourself, Then The World (Reach Beyond Your Fingers)
UK Arena Tour Dates:
14 April 2022 – First Direct Arena, Leeds
15 April 2022 – The O2, London
16 April 2022 – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
18 April 2022 – Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow
22 April 2022 – Mountford Hall, Liverpool
26 May 2022 – Open Air Theatre, Scarborough