As they ready themselves for the next home leg of their world tour later this month, The Wombats today unveil their new single ‘I Think My Mind Has Made Its Mind Up’, out now via AWAL. The track is the second offering from the band’s forthcoming EP Is This What It Feels Like To Feel Like This?, out 18th November, and comes hot on the heels of their first UK number one album, Fix Yourself, Not The World, which topped the charts in January of this year.
The three piece return to the UK this month for sold out nights in Sheffield, Nottingham, Birmingham, Norwich, Newcastle and Manchester, having spent 2022 performing the biggest shows of their career, including a landmark night at London’s The O2 in April. Full tour listing below, tickets available here.
Opening with a slamming earworm of a riff, ‘I Think My Mind Has Had Its Mind Made Up’ finds frontman Matthew “Murph” Murphy in a typically philosophical mood as he reflects on his own psyche. Speaking on the track, he explains: “It’s a glitchy ode to the 90’s, innocence and escapism.”
Recorded shortly after completing their acclaimed fifth studio album, Is This What It Feels Like To Feel Like This? is The Wombats rawest material yet, trading polished synths for spiky guitar riffs and heavy choruses. The band themselves co-produced part of the project themselves, bassist Tord Øverland Knudsen then taking some files back to his homeland of Norway to be mixed in his home studio, with regular collaborators Mike Crossey and Mark Crew working on the remainder.
If anyone doubted it, their debut number one UK album earlier this year confirmed the fact that The Wombats are a band at the peak of their powers. Built over sixteen years, their ever-expanding fanbase has continued to swell, boosted first by a new generation of fans discovering their vast catalogue of indie bangers through streaming, then via TikTok following the viral success of Oliver Nelson’s remix of their 2015 hit ‘Greek Tragedy’. Underpinning it all though is the timeless power of their songwriting and Murph’s inimitable lyrical style, which was lauded by fans and critics alike for Fix Yourself, Not The World, and has now seen them reach a million followers on Spotify.
This success was brought home to the band most tangibly during their recent world tour, where Murph, Tord and drummer Dan Haggis played their biggest ever headline show at London’s The O2, also visiting North and South America, Europe and Australia, before heading home for a busy summer of festivals that’s included mainstage slots at Community Festival, Tramlines, Boardmasters and Kendal Calling. Moving straight into their next collection, this new EP shows The Wombats still have a lot more noise to make.
UK Arena Tour dates:
21 Oct 2022 – O2 Academy, Sheffield – SOLD OUT
22 Oct 2022 – Rock City, Nottingham – SOLD OUT
23 Oct 2022 – O2 Academy, Birmingham – SOLD OUT
25 Oct 2022 – UEA (University of East Anglia), Norwich – SOLD OUT
27 Oct 2022 – NX, Newcastle – SOLD OUT
Fri 28 Oct 2022 – O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester – SOLD OUT
Tickets available here