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The Wombats are an indie band from Liverpoolmarker, UKmarker. They comprise two native Liverpudlians; Matthew Murphy, provider of vocals, guitar, nose-harp and keyboards; drummer/vocalist Dan Haggis and bass player/vocalist (plays guitar with Murphy on acoustic versions) Tord Ă˜verland-Knudsen, a Norwegian who has made his home in the city.


The three band members met in 2003 at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, soon becoming friends and starting to jam together. In 2006, the band released their debut album "Girls, Boys, and Marsupials" which was only available in Japan.

In January 2007, the band released a second limited edition vinyl called "Moving to New York". In May, the band released their third single called "Backfire at the Disco" leading the band to release their first full single "Kill the Director" in late July. The single reached #35 in the UK Singles Chart. Their last single "Let's Dance to Joy Division" was released in October 2007, to coincide with the release of their debut album, entitled The Wombats Proudly Present: A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation which reached #11 in the UK Albums Chart. The release was being followed by a European tour ending with a thanksgiving party at Liverpool Academymarker .

The band started 2008 as the opening act at the opening ceremony of Liverpoolmarker, European Capital of Culture 2008 at Liverpool Arenamarker. "Moving to New York" was re-released on 14 January 2008 and reached #13 UK singles chart becoming their highest charting release to date. The band went on a full UK tour over April and May 2008, as well as playing dates in Europe and Japanmarker. The band also played for Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 1 where they covered the Take That song "Patience", as well as Tord singing the Postman Pat theme tune in his native language, Norwegian. In the USA they are signed to Roadrunner Records.

On 28 February 2008, the band won 'Best Dancefloor Filler' for their single "Let's Dance To Joy Division" at the NME Awards. April 2008 marked the band's first release in the U.S., The Wombats EP.

In June 2008, the band performed live at the major event Glastonbury Festivalmarker. They also performed at T in the Park, of July 2008, opening the Radio 1 / NME Stage set on the Friday. They also played Reading and Leeds Festival on the Saturday and Friday respectively on the BBC Radio 1/NME Stage supporting Babyshambles.

The band have also announced via their MySpace blog that they will be releasing two new singles. A seasonal 'Anti-Christmas' themed "Is This Christmas?" on December 15, followed by "My Circuitboard City" on March 3.

ABC spin-off drama Private Practice featured The Wombat's "Little Miss Pipedream" behind the final scenes of Season 2's Episode 19, which aired 3/19/2009.

The band appeared as themselves in Episode 2 of the ITV2 sitcom FM and also performed "My Circuitboard City" in the episode. The band also appeared in episode 5642 of 'Neighbours', aired in the UK on 12 May 2009.

The band performed 2 numbers in front of 80,000 people as the pre-match entertainment, prior to the FA Community Shield between Manchester United and Chelsea at Wembley Stadiummarker on Sunday 9 August 2009.




Limited release singles

  • 2007: "Lost in the Post"
  • 2007: "Moving to New York"



  1. Shockwaves NME Awards 2008: The Wombats win Best Dancefloor Filler | News | NME.COM

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