The Wombats return with new track “Method To The Madness,” out now via AWAL. The song marks the first offering since their highest charting album to date, 2018’s UK Top 3 Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life and is accompanied by a stunning Aaron Brown-directed video (Arctic Monkeys, King Krule).
“Method To The Madness” finds frontman Matthew “Murph” Murphy in a typically introspective mood, his aloof vocals perfectly in tune with melancholy piano chords and a traipsing drum machine beat. That is until a moment of realisation kicks in halfway through as the track breaks down, building back up again to a crescendo of rave-inducing breaks and a cathartic refrain in which Murph vows to dump his demons and “Fuck my sadness.”
“‘Method To The Madness’ is about trying to find patterns within chaos and ultimately giving up, and letting go. Some of the lyrics are lifted from my own honeymoon experience – walking around European cities, being amongst tourists whilst simultaneously being one myself, and generally blagging it with last minute hotel bookings. Feeling excitement but still being fully aware that nothing much has changed,” Murph explains.
Aaron Brown shares, “Murph told me where the material of the song came from and I really related to his honesty. The story is about how the muse finds you on its watch, not on ours. It is up to you to step into that inspiration without fear. The world of the muse doesn’t make sense, but its beauty is irresistible. It is also scary though. You have to walk down dark hallways and challenge your fears, but when you do you develop a relationship with the muse. You see where it hides out and in turn, what inspires it! By the end of the video, we see our hero bring the muse to life in an intentional way. She has found how to connect with it consciously, and not always be at the mercy of its bidding. Through this healthy relationship, our her has begun the path of an artist.”
Photo Courtesy: Phil Smithies / Sarah Louise Bennett / Pete Novosel / Signe Luksengard