Cue a Wistful Wombats moment in the form of album track ‘1996’, in which the band get all nostalgic about whizzing round the streets high on sugar, making prank phonecalls and public kissing of girls (which at the time must have been a pain in the arse for locals, but seems almost quaint by today’s ASBO happy slapping standards)
The Wombat’s latest album ‘This Modern Glitch’ is full of thumping, punchy indie-pop, where quirky lyrics meet catchy hooks and have a bit of a mad, jumpy dance for 45 minutes. Needless to say I’m enjoying it quite a lot. ‘1996’ is probably one of my favourite tracks on the album- it has a more downbeat, reflective sound but the chorus remains stubbornly catchy, and while it might not be strong enough for a single release, it still holds its own alongside guaranteed crowd pleasers like ‘Tokyo-(Vampires & Wolves)’.
It probably wouldn’t be the bride at the wedding, but it would at least be a well dressed mother-in-law getting steadily lashed on Babysham and doing the Time Warp with Uncle Phil. And that’s NO BAD THING.