By Hannah Whitehead
Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life by The Wombats is sure to be a massive success for this Liverpool-based indie-rock trio. It is their fourth studio album, consisting of a bizarre but brilliant mix of “classic, old-school The Wombats” and a more rocky, electronic sound with a 70s feel to it. With such renowned producers such as Mark Crew (Bastille) and Catherine Marks (The Killers, Wolf Alice) heading the production team for this album, it comes to no surprise that Beautiful People will Ruin Your Life is pure magic.
Parts of the album, such as Turn and Lemon to a Knife Fight seem to be a nod to The Wombats’ earliest releases in that they share the same sort of anecdotal nature; quirky lyrics and upbeat style. This adds a nostalgic feel to the album, which I personally adore. However something that could perhaps prove more divisive amongst listeners are the songs which turn away from the band’s established sound.. For example, Lethal Combination and White Eyes are what can only be described as part 70s-rock, part modern-electronica. While some may struggle to accept this new sound, I personally love it and think that it makes the whole album seem quite retro and truly unique. Throughout, the album contains a consistently cynical tone, typical of The Wombats as well as the very clever and at times slightly odd lyrical genius that fans know and love.
My personal favourites off the album would have to be Lethal Combination and Lemon to a Knife Fight and I have no doubt that I will become equally as addicted to these as I was to iconic anthems previously released by The Wombats, such as Joy Division and Techno Fan. This entire album perfectly sums up The Wombats and reflects a band extremely confident with their sound and the direction they wish to go in. I’ve always loved The Wombats and the entire wave of quintessentially British rock bands which rose to prominence in the early 2000s that they belong to, such as The Kooks and The Kaiser Chiefs, as well as individuals such as Jamie T. They all share an incredible gift to appeal to a younger demographic, or ‘angsty teens’, with their high-energy head-bangers and unerring passion. This passion is reflected with Dan Haggis’ call for a greater focus on the arts in schools and the band’s commitment to charities such as Youth Music, which supports music projects for young people in challenging circumstances. The release of this album is sure to cause a splash and makes me even more excited for their UK tour in March!