It’s been just over a decade since The Wombats released their critically-acclaimed debut album ‘A Guide to Love, Loss and Desperation’ and not much has changed since then as a relentlessly energetic crowd danced and screamed their way into the UEA in Norwich.
The Liverpudlian trio are now halfway through a trip around the UK and Ireland for their new album Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life.
The opening act of the night was the female-front four piece Bloxx who pulled a decent crowd for early doors with a set of fresh sounding tracks that captured the spirit of 2000s indie/alt rock.
They are known for their grungy undertones with classic indie-influenced melodies to create their unique and familiar indie sound. They had great stage presence and played a strong set to lead into the night with an aura of confidence necessary for any band opening the show and a mix of grunge bass and guitar riffs filling the room. Lead singer Ophelia commanded the stage and helped set the tone for the night ahead.
The Night Café
Up next was Liverpool four piece The Night Cafe who brought their effortless and laid back style to the UEA as their music seemed all the more mellow as the riffs and melodies went around the room setting a slow build as the platform for The Wombats to break out onto the stage.
They looked absolutely passionate and clearly appreciating every moment on stage, creating a relaxed atmosphere during their set. They played their latest single ‘Turn’ and one thing that caught my eye the most was frontman Sean Martin who had a look of serious concentration on his face throughout.
The headliners took to the stage and dove straight into the new material, opening with ‘Cheetah Tongue’ before turning back the clock a little for ‘Give Me A Try’ and ‘1996’.
With the adrenaline-fueled crowd waiting for more, this was a set-list not just designed to showcase their new album, but also playing big hits like ‘Kill The Director’ which got big fans of the band moving and singing along!
Their new album ‘Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life’ was a good listen and got plenty of praise since it’s release, and after seeing the songs played live it was easy to see why as most of the tracks translated well to the live scene, with the band keen to impress and sparing no effort on the production, with big screens lining the back of the stage displaying illustrations fitting for the songs.
Bassist Tord Øverland Knudsen was one of the biggest highlights of the evening with his energy as he encouraged jumping and clapping which was infectious for everyone to see, and energy levels quickly rose around the room because of his presence on stage!
One minor note that hampered them was some dead air between songs which lasted a little too long to seem on purpose, but thankfully the band was able to bring out the best of the enthusiastic crowd as they played with energy and power to get fans from the casual to the enthusiastic, enjoying the show.