Live Review: The Wombats @ Rock City, 28/09/2015
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★★★★☆ Entering Nottingham’s Rock City just ten minutes short of The Wombats headlining set, the thickness of the sweat in the air was almost overwhelming. The swarms of friendship groups eagerly bobbing around the sold out venue had their fringes gelled to their foreheads and a buzz about them. Now, there’s an expected audience at each artist’s live performance. For The Wombats, there was a divide in the audience. On one hand there were the fourteen year olds keenly Snapchatting, bemused by the drunken uni students feeling affectionate. Also seemingly confused by the few grey haired partiers, who have liked the band since their prime. Then there were those young adults, who had waited damn years for this and were reliving their fourteen-year-old life at nappy nights. Guess who was the latter. Bursting onto stage with a favourite from the latest release ‘Glitterbug’, the Liverpudlian’s falsetto reached new heights of capacity, taking the roof off. Alighting an instantaneous sing-along, Nottingham were raring to ‘Give Me a Try’. Then began the trip down memory lane. Explosive fan favourites, slouchy, synth dripping ‘Jump into the Fog’, guitar driven ‘Moving to New York’ and moodily static ‘1996’ could have all been carried through purely on the crowd’s voices. Greeted by cheers and ‘fuck yeah’s they haven’t aged a day, the groove was strong and the movement passionate. Electronic fan favourite ‘Techno Fan’ proved its capital, one of the biggest treats of the evening dripping with added synth. As the three-piece juggled numerous instruments between them, the arrangements were impeccable. These guys are no strangers to the stage, nor are they bored of it. Thrashing into ‘Patricia the Stripper’, the opening riff alone zapped cheeky, schoolboy grins. By this point, many had surrended to the pits, then be proudly lifted over the barrier by the beefy guys in yellow jackets. Before gasping for water from them.
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