Eagerly anticipated second album to follow at the end of 2010.
Renowned as one of Britain’s most exciting live bands, The Wombats are poised to storm back to prominence with the release of the new single ‘Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)’ on September 27th on 14th Floor Records. The single introduces the band’s eagerly anticipated second studio album (title to be confirmed) which is set to launch their unique style to a wider audience when it’s released towards the end of the year.
Produced by Eric Valentine (Queens of the Stone Age, Lostprophets), ‘Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)’ adds an array of new sounds (including sweeping synths and an insistent bassline) to the band’s famously immediate songwriting.
The single will be released on CD and two 7” vinyl formats, as well as digital single track download and an iTunes exclusive. A special fans collection that compiles all of the formats will also be available to buy directly from www.thewombats.co.uk.
“We’ve approached this album slightly differently from the last,” explains drummer Dan Haggis. “Whereas the first album was practically recorded live with a few overdubs, this time round we’ve had the time to really play with the sonics. Now we just can’t wait to get out there and get sweaty.”
The Wombats are currently putting the finishing touches to their upcoming second album in the NRG Recording Studios in Los Angeles. As well as Valentine, the Liverpool / Oslo trio have also collaborated on the project with super-producer Jacknife Lee (U2, Snow Patrol, R.E.M.). Although the immediately infectious punky hooks that characterised their debut album are firmly in place, their progression has been characterised with the addition of more Leftfield touches and aggressive elements to their sound. The band’s inimitable charm is also prevalent, although it has been streamlined into a darker, more serious approach.
Already confirmed as one of the major attractions at Australia’s touring festival Parklife that runs from September 25th to October 4th, The Wombats are planning their first full UK tour since November 2008 – details of which will be confirmed in the coming weeks.
Following the release of their debut album ‘The Wombats Proudly Present… A Guide To Love, Loss and Desperation’, the band’s ascendency continued unabated. The Wombats completed two huge sold-out UK tours which included triumphant shows at Brixton Academy, a unique one-off headline show at London’s Royal Albert Hall and a massive homecoming show at the 10,000 capacity Liverpool Echo Arena. They were nominated for Best UK Act at the MTV Europe Awards, and played a plethora of enormous festival appearances including a co-headline set on the NME/Radio 1 stage at Reading and Leeds as well as storming sets at Glastonbury, T in the Park, Isle of Wight and Oxegen.