Rough Trade was rocking to the sound of London new wave punk rockers The Wombats on Monday. New Yorkers were amped up and ready for them from right out the gate. After a solid opening set from LA indie-rock band Wardell, fans were ready to just flat out fucking dance to their favorite Liverpool rock band.
“So nice to be back in New York City. It’s been like two years!” guitarist/singer Matt Murphy send with a smile on his face as the band took the stage, and just like that they were off and running.
They played the fan favorites tearing into “Jump Into The Fog,” the appropriate “Moving To New York” in the first part of the set. Both the band and audience were even entertained by some terrible Norwegian jokes during a brief break due to some guitar tech problems. Thankfully the jokes didn’t last long and the band introduced the audience to a few new songs “Give Me A Try” and “English Summer,” both off their upcoming album Glitterbug, set for an April 7th release date.
As the group kept the energy and dance floor going strong with “Kill The Director,” “Techno Fan,” and “Tokyo- Vampires & Wolves” you couldn’t help but realize that the band was one of the more exciting rock acts to come through NYC so far in 2015. I could only wish that the rest of the city got to dance along as well.
Article by: Tommy Shackleford
Photos by: Nicholas Fallon