Walking up a dark flight of stairs minutes before The Wombats would take the stage in Nashville, TN on November 30th, a wave of heat and excitement rushed over me. With just enough time to grab a drink, the lights fell down and the first note of “Give It A Try” electrified out of the guitars alongside the screams of the audience who packed the house.
Nashville crowds are hard to gage. It doesn’t matter if you have a singer songwriter, pop punk band, or a country duo, the crowds are generic and seldom lively. However, despite the unfortunate lack of stage production, the music from The Wombats wooed over everyone as not a single body in the room stood still for the entire set. Toe tappers and head bobbers were in high count all night.
Star songs from the set included their older songs, “Techno Fan” and “Let’s Dance To Joy Division” but also more recent tracks like “Pink Lemonade” from their new album Glitterbug. Singer Matthew Murphy (aka, Murph) proclaimed it to be a song about, “when you think your girlfriend is having hot sweaty sex with someone else,” followed by roars from a few people in the crowd who obviously and unfortunately claim to have been in the same situation.
Closing out the set with “Let’s Dance To Joy Division” and their current radio smash “Greek Tragedy,” The Wombats pulled off an incredible, hot, and fun show. They killed the Nashville scene and it would be an honor for them to come back to the music capitol of the world.
*Review by Jenn Stookey