Indie heroes The Wombats unveil their new single “Everything I Love Is Going To Die,” an upbeat homage to living to the fullest while we still can. Premiering as BBC Radio 1’s “Hottest Record In The World” last night, the track is the latest offering from their upcoming new studio album Fix Yourself, Not The World, due for release on January 7, 2022 via AWAL. The new music follows the announcement of The Wombats North American dates that kick off January 20 in Washington, DC and conclude in Los Angeles on February 25.
Drawing equally from the tones and textures of modern pop as the likes of New Order and The Cure, “Everything I love Is Going To Die” finds frontman Matthew “Murph” Murphy at his most wry and surreal. “The song is about the impermanence of life, and with that in mind, the beauty of each passing second. Key line for me is ‘Icarus Was My Best Friend, So I’m Gonna Make Him Proud In The End’, which I guess is a playful take on living life to its fullest even though the consequences of that might be dire. Certainly not a call to Nihilism however, but perhaps a call to being present and the joy that can be found in appreciating each moment we find ourselves in,” he explains.
The Wombats have previously shared the album’s “Ready for the High,” “If You Ever Leave, I’m Coming With You,” an infectious electro-pop ode to obsessive devotion and the cathartic “Method To The Madness.”
Recording remotely over the past year from their respective homes, the band have been working hard to produce some of the most captivating, inventive and forward-thinking music of their career to date. With Murph” in Los Angeles, bassist Tord Øverland Knudsen in Oslo and drummer Dan Haggis in London, they discussed each day’s plan via Zoom, then recorded separately, sending individual files to producers Jacknife Lee (U2, The Killers), Gabe Simon (Dua Lipa, Lana Del Rey), Paul Meaney (Twenty One Pilots, Nothing But Thieves) and Mark Crew (Bastille, Rag‘n’Bone Man) to mix into the finished tracks. “It was pure madness, to be honest,” explains Murph.
The viral success of Oliver Nelson’s remix of their 2015 hit “Greek Tragedy” on TikTok has enraptured a whole new generation of fans, a feat they’ve managed to continually repeat since their 2007 debut A Guide To Love, Loss & Desperation. Used in over 600,000 videos (some of which have over 100 million views), the remix has rocketed to over 30 million streams, propelling the original to 120 million streams and sending it Gold in the US. It’s helped the band surpass 1.5 billion worldwide streams, also amassing an extra 2.4 million monthly listeners on Spotify since just January; further illustration, if any were needed, of The Wombats’ ability to reach new generations of fans through the timeless power of their songwriting and lyrics alone.
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