Go 96.3 is excited to host two awesome bands at Fine Line Music Cafe next week for our latest Go Show. In addition to folk-rocker Barns Courtney, Go 96.3 is bringing the UK synth-rock hitmakers The Wombats to the Twin Cities! Get to know them below, and click here to enter to win tickets to our sold-out Go Show with the band next week.

  • The Wombats were originally formed in Liverpool in 2003 by guitarist and vocalist Matt Murphy, bassist Todd Øverland Knudsen and drummer Dan Haggis.
  • In a cute twist, all three original members are still in the band after 15 years! Way to go guys!
  • The Wombats had their first breakthrough hits in 2007 with the release of their debut album A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation, which featured “Backfire at the Disco,” “Let’s Dance to Joy Division,” “Kill the Director” and “Moving to New York.”
  • That album’s danceable songs and literate lyrics made The Wombats an instant critical and commercial success in the UK, so much so that the band hastily repackaged all of their hits from Guide to Love for a self-titled EP released only in the US.
  • They also netted some pretty big fans during that era including some old British guy named Paul McCartney, who offered to produce their second album.
  • While Macca never got involved, The Wombats followed up with This Modern Glitch in 2011, another record chock full of bangers which helped cement the band in the US and UK. Glitch‘s most memorable songs include “Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves),” “1996,” and “Jump Into the Fog.” 
  • Matt Murphy admits that Glitch was the first album to feature songs about his struggles with anxiety and depression. “Anti-D” is about Anti-Depressants, and many other songs hide dark themes under happy melodies.
  • According to Murphy, one of the ways he broke through his writers block while crafting the songs for Glitch was to return to his childhood home and sleep in his old bed.
  • In 2015, The Wombats released their 3rd LP Glitterbug, which contained “Greek Tragedy,” and “Your Body is a Weapon.”
  • Later that year, they blew us away with an amazing set at The Varsity Theater. Check out this cool photo by Mark Kartarik!

  • We were so impressed by their set that Go 96.3 invited The Wombats back through Minnesota to play night one of our Snow Show at Northrup Theater along with Metric and Silversun Pickups. Here’s some photos to prove it!

Photos by Darin Kamnetz

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