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Thursday, June 2, 2016

With Each New Album, English Indie-Pop Rockers, The Wombats, Have Gotten Sleeker and More Cohesive

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click to enlarge MATILDA FINN
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Formed in 2003, English indie pop band The Wombats have a knack for crafting slick '80s-inspired synth grooves with catchy guitar hooks. With their Kooks-meets-Bloc Party sound, the trio have released three albums and are currently on a summer tour around the U.S. 

We chatted with Tord Knudsen, The Wombats' bassist, about the band's early origins, how their sound has changed over time, and what the touring life is like. 

Catch The Wombats at 4 p.m., Saturday, June 4, at Shoreline Ampitheatre. More info here. 

SF Weekly: For your first few years as a band, you only released EPs, limited editions, and limited releases. Was there a purpose behind that?

Tord Knudsen: There was no real purpose behind releasing EPs and stuff in the early days apart from having fun recording and getting our music out there. We were students and unsigned at the time, but luckily the university we were at had some great facilities to progress as a band. As well as a music course, there was a sound technology courses too and there was four great studios where we could get our music recorded.

SFW: Although your music is still fun and has a noticeable pop streak, your sound as a band has become tighter and more cohesive with each album. Was this a concerted effort or just the result of working together for so many years?

TK: Definitely the latter. After being a band for so long, you end up doing whatever it takes to not get bored or fall into comfort zones. I also think working in great studios with great people, especially on our second album, opened a few doors and gave us a lot of inspiration on how to push ourselves and our sound towards something different without losing what the band is about.
SFW: What's your most memorable touring story?

TK: We played Austin City Limits Festival a couple of years back, and all of a sudden Michael Fassbender came onto our tour bus and we ended up chatting with him and drinking whisky for a while. He was filming a movie at the festival and asked us to join one of the scenes, which we did. A very surreal day on the road!

SFW: What has been one of your favorite venues to play at?

TK: Headlining and selling out The Fillmore was definitely a highlight from last year, but we love playing regardless of where we are in the world or how many people turn up!
SFW: Dream venue/festival/location to perform at?

TK: Fuji Rocks Festival in Japan. We played there in 2006 and would love to go back!

SFW: What's up next for the band?

TK: We are currently on a tour in the US for the rest of the summer and as soon as we get home, we will hopefully be starting to write for what will be album number four...

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