The Wombats are today unveiling the music video of their infectious electro-pop new single ‘If You Ever Leave, I’m Coming With You’, premiered on BBC Radio 1 ‘Future Sounds’ with Yungblud. Inspired by the lockdowns and strains on people’s interpersonal relationships, the video sees Murph blissfully unaware as chaos unfolds.
In a thundering return last week, the Indie legends kicked off the most exciting phase of their constantly evolving success story. Alongside the release of ‘‘If You Ever Leave, I’m Coming With You’ The Wombats announced their fifth studio album ‘Fix Yourself, Not The World’, due for release on 7th January 2022 via AWAL, and a six date headline UK arena tour in April 2022, playing massive nights in Leeds, Glasgow, Cardiff, Liverpool and Scarborough, as well as their biggest ever headline show at The O2, London on 15th April.
The video has been directed and edited by Logan Fields and produced by Miguel Garcia. ‘I knew I wanted to do this concept almost immediately after hearing the song. It just made sense to me in a very literal yet surreal way. There’s an inherent silliness that goes along with the idea that I think really pairs well with such an energetic and upbeat track. One of the best experiences I’ve had working with an artist’ says Logan Fields.
Following the cathartic ‘Method To The Madness’, The Wombats’ new single ‘If You Ever Leave, I’m Coming With You’ is an infectious electro-pop ode to obsessive devotion. Speaking about the track, Murph says “I noticed that 2020 and 2021 put some serious strain on interpersonal relationships, it felt like people around me were really struggling. For me, ‘If You Ever Leave, I’m Coming With You’ taps into all of that and asks the question… is it the circumstances putting undue stress on people? Or have the circumstances shed light on people’s incompatibility with one another?”
Recording remotely over the past year from their respective homes, the band have been working hard to produce some of the most captivating, inventive and forward-thinking music of their career to date. With frontman Matthew “Murph” Murphy in Los Angeles, bassist Tord Øverland Knudsen in Oslo and drummer Dan Haggis in London, they discussed each day’s plan via Zoom, then recorded separately, sending individual files to producers Jacknife Lee (U2, The Killers), Gabe Simon (Dua Lipa, Lana Del Rey), Paul Meaney (Twenty One Pilots, Nothing But Thieves), Mark Crew (Bastille, Rag‘n’Bone Man) and Mike Crossey (The 1975, The War on Drugs, Yungblud) to mix into the finished tracks. “It was pure madness, to be honest,” explains Murph. See the eboy designed album artwork below.
15 years and three top 5 UK albums into their career, The Wombats are pulling in a bigger audience than ever before. The viral success of Oliver Nelson’s remix of their 2015 hit ‘Greek Tragedy’ on TikTok has enraptured a whole new generation of fans, a feat they’ve managed to continually repeat since their 2007 debut A Guide To Love, Loss & Desperation. Used in over 600,000 videos (some of which have over 100 million views), the remix has rocketed to over 30 million streams, propelling the original to 120 million streams and sending it Gold in the US. It’s helped the band surpass 1.5 billion worldwide streams, also amassing an extra 2.4 million monthly listeners on Spotify since just January; further illustration, if any were needed, of The Wombats’ ability to reach new generations of fans through the timeless power of their songwriting and lyrics alone.
With a summer ahead that includes second from top billings at Reading & Leeds Festival main stage and Neighbourhood Weekender, plus their biggest ever UK headline tour set for 2022, this is only the start of what’s to come as fans new and old gear up for the next exciting chapter from one of Britain’s most adored bands.