The Wombats share new single ahead of UK tour

Cheetah Tongue premiered on Annie Mac earlier this week and gives another taster of the band’s upcoming album.

Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life is due 9 February via Kobalt Music Recordings and marks the band’s first new music since 2015’s Glitterbug which debuted in the Top 5 UK Album Chart and Billboard 100.

Speaking of new track, frontman Matthew ‘Murph’ Murphy explains, “Cheetah Tongue is a song about dealing with the pressures of adulthood and failing miserably. The opening song on the album and probably the most psychedelic.”

Written from three corners of the globe – drummer Dan Haggis in London, bassist Tord Øverland Knudsen nursing his new family in Oslo and Murph in Los Angeles – Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life was created over long distance writing sessions, supplemented by intense two-week in-person sessions in Oslo. Produced by Mark Crew (Bastille, Rag’n’Bone Man) and Catherine Marks (Wolf Alice), the album finds The Wombats pushing the boundaries of alt-pop innovation with a lush, ultramodern indie soundscape, irrepressible hooks and tragi-comic lyricism belied by a newfound maturity and moving emotional depth.

After a highly successful North American headline tour this month, the band will join The PIxies and Weezer in the US in June and July, as well as the following sold-out UK headline shows in March.

Here are those UK dates:

09 March – O2 Academy, Sheffield – SOLD OUT
11 March – Manchester Academy, Manchester – SOLD OUT
16 March – Great Hall, Cardiff – SOLD OUT
17 March – O2 Academy, Sheffield – SOLD OUT
19 March – Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen
20 March – O2 Academy 1, Newcastle – SOLD OUT
21 March – Rock City, Nottingham – SOLD OUT
23 March – O2 Institute 1, Birmingham – SOLD OUT
24 March – Academy, Manchester – SOLD OUT
25 March – UEA, Norwich – SOLD OUT
27 March – Alexandra Palace, London
28 March – O2 Academy, Bristol – SOLD OUT
29 March – O2 Guildhall, Southampton – SOLD OUT

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