Interview – The Wombats

The Wombats have a new album coming out very shortly. They’ve built up quite a reputation over the last few years as being a great live band and also have some tour dates coming up, so I decided to have a chat with Dan from the band.

By Jane Howkins

You recently announced a new album titled Fix Yourself, Not The World. What can you tell us about the album?

We made half the album before the pandemic, half after and recorded it all during a lockdown. We pushed ourselves musically, song and production wise further than ever and we hope it makes people dance, think and maybe even start a few conversations.

Where did the title come from and what does it refer to?

Murph sent the title over towards the end of recording and it started a conversation between the 3 of us about what it means. What we all loved about it was how everyone has slightly different thoughts on what it means to them, but basically, it’s about looking inwards and trying to solve your own issues and confronting your own demons rather than avoiding them. The idea that if we can work on our own problems, clear out some mental space, then we can go out into the world and be slightly better friends, partners and members of society.

You released a new track titled Everything Is Love Is Going To Die. What can you tell us about the track?

It’s kind of a reminder to cherish the moments and the people we have in our lives.

Do you have any more singles planned for release anytime soon?

Yes. There will be a new single accompanying the release of the album on the 14th January!

You’ve been going for a fair few years now. How do you keep things fresh?

Just by challenging ourselves with every song we make, it’s so important that we feel as excited as possible. We’ve explored genres and sounds on this album that we’ve never done before and we recorded it during a lockdown in different countries so that was fairly new for us!

Have your influences changed much over the years? What have you been listening to recently?

Yeah, we’ve always loved lots of different types of music and they pop out in our songs sometimes. Tord had been listening to a lot of lo-fi electronica around the time we made Method To The Madness, for example, and so when me and Murph were playing the piano part for the song, Tord started chopping up ambient sounds he’d recorded on his phone to make the beat. Little things like that happen all the time. I’ve been listening to a lot of Gipsy Kings recently, you can’t hear any of that influence on the album though!

You’ve also announced some tour dates, are you excited?

Very. It’s been rubbish not being able to play live shows for the last 2 years so we’re even more excited than ever to play the new album live!

You’re also doing some acoustic, signing sessions. Why did you decide to do these shows and how will they differ from the normal gigs?

They’ll be more intimate and it’s just a chance for us to focus on the new songs and see people’s reactions live!

What can people expect from a Wombats show and why do you think people should come and see you perform live if they haven’t already?

It’s always such a fun burst of energy and if you like mosh pits, it’s for you. If you like supping a pint at the back of the room and tapping your toe, it’s also for you. If you like seeing giant wombats dancing on stage and people drinking questionable fluids out of their shoes then it’s also for you.

Any last words for the fans?

Thanks so much for all your support, it means the world to us!