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The Wombats @ Union Transfer with Life In Film and Cheerleader.

April 28, 2015

TheWombats2015UT01The Wombats returned to Philadelphia last Thursday with a packed show at Union Transfer.

It was the second stop on their 23-stop run through North America and the first in the United States in celebration of their recently released album, Glitterbug (you can download the track “Emoticons” for free here).

The three lads from Liverpool came out and immediately had the crowd bouncing along. They performed tracks from all three of their albums and for most of the night, the crowd sang along with Matthew Murphy, while watching the infectious energy of bass player Tord Øverland Knudsen and drummer Dan Haggis.

East London’s Life In Film opened, with bass player Dominic Sennett hitting the stage in a satin Sixers warm-up jacket. The band performed their jangly pop music while seemingly distracted – for much of their set, guitarist Edward Ibbotson  was having technical issues.

“I’m having a fuck-load of trouble with my guitar,” he said. “I’m standing up here feeling naked.”

While the band seemed a mystery to much of the Union Transfer crowd, the band got everyone moving when they belted out their songs “Alleyway” and “Get Closer.”

Philly’s own Cheerleader kicked off the night’s festivities. Singer Joe Haller crooned along to the smooth summer-sounding tunes that left the crowd swaying.

Cheerleader, along with Life In Film, is accompanying The Wombats during the North American tour, which ends on May 20 in Vancouver.

 

 

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