The Wombats Live at Manchester Apollo Review


Liverpool trio The Wombats played their penultimate gig of their tour at Manchester’s o2 Apollo theatre last night, guess who was their…

Nearly 3 and a half years have past since the scouse trio released their debut album ‘A Guide To Love, Lost and Desperation’. An album full of foot-stomping tracks of youthful angst and uncontained hormones flying everywhere, the Wombats prove that they can still maintain an audience defying the looming knowledge that adulthood hangs ever closer.

Getting things off to a hard-rocking night of teenage angst, warm-up acts Night Café and Sundara Karma deserve a lot of credit for fuelling the crowd with much needed adrenaline ready for the main act. Tracks like ‘Growing Up’ and ‘Addicted’ coming from scouse lads Night Café and Reading rockers Sundara Karma playing ‘Vivienne’ and ‘Loveblood’, the mission of setting the crowd up for an energetic night of indie-rock, resulted in the mission being well and truly accomplished with these great support acts.

Despite losing his voice after a spectacular performance, Night Café frontman revealed excitement over supporting their local heroes, especially as the the band formed a year ago: “It’s been boss, it’s mad to hang out with them (the wombats), they’re just normal people, proper sound. It’s a lot to take in, but it’s fun. It’s got to be a show, we have to step up our game”. Establishing their sound and stamping their mark, the Night Café are definitely a ‘nice one’ to look out for.

Onto the main attraction of the night, entering a misty stage with silhouettes of city skyscrapers, the Wombats burst onto the stage, wasting no time in picking up where the support acts left off. With youthful energy mixed with upbeat raunchy guitar riffs, the anticipating crowd ascended immediately to mosh pit form as ‘Jump Into The Fog’ rings through the Apollo theatre.

Three years is a long time for a band to mature and nurture their sound. With the average demographic of the Liverpool trio now edging towards their 20’s, it is a pleasant sight to see a mixture of fresh faces in the crowd, perfect evidence of the importance they still hold over the younger demographic of indie rock.

With such a young audience, the absence of alcohol, especially the ones which avid gig-goers will find can often fly around, made the whole performance that little bit more enjoyable. It enabled the electric atmosphere to truly take hold of the night. It also ensured that the mosh pit was a delightful blend of music lovers and not high-rate mad-heads looking to punch your lights out.

With three albums under their belt, The Wombats have easy pickings over what tracks to inject the crowd with. These tracks added to their energetic stage presence, equals the perfect recipe for an audience who will love every beat of every track. Further showing the brilliance of the Wombat’s catalogue, barely any interaction with the crowd is needed, the songs speak all they need to, resulting in nothing being able to hinder the nights success.

Heart-chanting tracks of teenage years through the choruses of ‘Techno Fan’ and ‘Kill The Director’ truly pumped the crowd with a fix of adrenaline, the timeless fist pumping ‘Let’s Dance To Joy Division’ deservingly saved until the inevitable encore performance.  ‘Patricia The Stripper’ taken from their debut album made a smooth transition into new tracks like ‘Glitterbug’ and ‘Give Me A Try’ , which seemed to flow effortlessly together, almost as if all the tracks have been three years in the making.

Overall,  The Wombats prove that with strong support from Sundara Karma and young lads Night Café, bridging the gap between youth and adulthood is an easily constructed bridge created through exhilarating fist pumping indie-rock anthems, leaving you feeling 5 years younger, and your ears ringing for days to follow.


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