The Wombats - Let's Dance To Joy Divsion

Paul Cook 26/09/2007

Rating: 3.5/5

This Liverpool based three-piece have a certain energy and zest about them that's hard not to like. Raw, simple guitar riffs with complementing guitar lines and emphatic drum accompaniment which offer a solid basis for passionately sung intelligent lyrics. Unfortunately, we've heard it all before. The Wombats may just be the next big thing on the scene. They might also just be the next band in the evident explosion of, albeit contradictory, 'commercial indie' music on the market.

The Wombats, particularly with new release 'Let's Dance to Joy Division' are seemingly like another of today's young up-and-comers to the scene, The Pigeon Detectives, with just a slight tainting of emo-rock to the lyrics and a strong pop sound to the guitars in the chorus.

Dan Haggis' drums keep the song trundling along whilst front man Matthew Murphy hammers at the strings and belts out the vocals. 'Let's Dance to Joy Division' is a cautious track, too scared to venture into the experimental nether regions of the genre whilst remaining exciting and catchy enough to suffice for a number of repeat plays. If this track is anything to go by the forthcoming album, 'A Guide to Love, Loss and Desperation' should be worth giving a spin when it's released later this year.

Released 15/10/2007