Cheetah Tongue premiered on Annie Mac earlier this week and gives another taster of the band’s upcoming album.
Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life is due 9 February via Kobalt Music Recordings and marks the band’s first new music since 2015’s Glitterbug which debuted in the Top 5 UK Album Chart and Billboard 100.
Speaking of new track, frontman Matthew ‘Murph’ Murphy explains, “Cheetah Tongue is a song about dealing with the pressures of adulthood and failing miserably. The opening song on the album and probably the most psychedelic.”
Written from three corners of the globe – drummer Dan Haggis in London, bassist Tord Øverland Knudsen nursing his new family in Oslo and Murph in Los Angeles – Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life was created over long distance writing sessions, supplemented by intense two-week in-person sessions in Oslo. Produced by Mark Crew (Bastille, Rag’n’Bone Man) and Catherine Marks (Wolf Alice), the album finds The Wombats pushing the boundaries of alt-pop innovation with a lush, ultramodern indie soundscape, irrepressible hooks and tragi-comic lyricism belied by a newfound maturity and moving emotional depth.
After a highly successful North American headline tour this month, the band will join The PIxies and Weezer in the US in June and July, as well as the following sold-out UK headline shows in March.
Here are those UK dates:
09 March – O2 Academy, Sheffield – SOLD OUT
11 March – Manchester Academy, Manchester – SOLD OUT
16 March – Great Hall, Cardiff – SOLD OUT
17 March – O2 Academy, Sheffield – SOLD OUT
19 March – Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen
20 March – O2 Academy 1, Newcastle – SOLD OUT
21 March – Rock City, Nottingham – SOLD OUT
23 March – O2 Institute 1, Birmingham – SOLD OUT
24 March – Academy, Manchester – SOLD OUT
25 March – UEA, Norwich – SOLD OUT
27 March – Alexandra Palace, London
28 March – O2 Academy, Bristol – SOLD OUT
29 March – O2 Guildhall, Southampton – SOLD OUT