As I capture Dan Haggis of The Wombats, he’s simply completed recording for a baking program– not what he ‘d anticipated to do when he ended up being an artist, I’m sure, however he appears to have actually enjoyed it. Maybe baking was a welcome break after tape-recording The Wombats’ approaching album, Fix Yourself Not the World Diving straight in, we get to speaking about the abum and what it requires.
Though each Wombats album has a running style, this is their very first idea album which follows one longer story. Checking out diva Matthew Murphy’s ideas, sensations and relationships, Fix Yourself Not the World is a reflective check out what makes individuals tick. Frequently, we can fill our lives with other individuals’s issues, states Dan, disregarding our own problems. Frightening though it might be, lockdown turned individuals’s ideas within; although hanging out on yourself is frightening, it can teach you a lot. Repairing ourselves can assist us to assist others, he advises me.
Musically, the band wished to challenge themselves a little bit more with this album– though they can not assist however seem like ‘The Wombats’ (naturally), Dan informs me that the group attempted to rather withstand the temptation to opt for regular and take their sound someplace brand-new. ‘Poke the Bear’ has what Dan explains as a “Scott Walker sixties feel” which plays with contrasts, whereas ‘Wildfire’ “has nearly a tron-like noise”, information which develop an intriguing journey through the album.
‘ Method to the Madness’ was selected as the very first release for the album due to the fact that of the lo-fi, ambient piano feel, which then starts into “a prodigy or Rage (ATM)- esque outro, taking you in a truly various instructions.” It provides an excellent feel for the album as an entire, showcasing the contrasts which are to come. ‘Flip Me Upside Down’, I inform Dan, is a fantastic option for an opener with its nervous beat. He concurs that it actually pulls the listener into the frenzied mayhem which is the album’s beginning point.
‘ Ready for the High’ and its sense of looking forward is up for conversation next. Dan informs me that Murphy composed it to resonate with a great deal of individuals since everybody has shifts in life, be it school, university, work– huge minutes. The vocalist wished to instil a sense of being all set instead of nervous for your next actions in life– take them in your stride instead of letting them stall you.
Before completion of the interview, I was likewise truly eager to talk to Dan about the last track on the album; ‘Fix Yourself, Then The World (Reach Beyond your Fingers)’. At just 1 minute and 43 seconds in length, some may anticipate it to be average, however I discovered it to be a few of the very best music on the album. It has a rough however heavenly feel, with Murphy’s voice in a soundscape singing; “I do not wan na lose myself in somebody else’s video game” as he goes out. Dan describes to me that the name modification– from ‘Fix Yourself, not the World’ to ‘Fix Yourself then the World’ is a pointer that ideally within our life journeys, all of us do reach a point of having the ability to go out there and assist others. The tune’s brief length owes to the truth that it was really a jam session! It was unanticipated, “a delighted mishap”, and though the band attempted to turn it into a complete tune, Dan states they understood that what they had actually caught by just switching on the mics was not something to be fine-tuned. It was a natural minute which felt ideal to close the album with.
On their approaching trip, from the 6 th to the 12 th of January, the band will be playing the album completely throughout the intimate programs ahead of the 13 th of January release program in their house of Liverpool. Dan hopes audiences will merely enjoy and take pleasure in the experience. This endeavour is motivated by that enjoyment and happiness of finding brand-new music or hearing something for the very first time live– it provides us a fantastic memory, something uncommon. Dan states he’s attempting not to get his hopes up, he understands absolutely nothing can be drawn from approved at the minute, which after the previous 2 years is so discouraging once again. In the meantime, we can all cross our fingers and eagerly anticipate the brand-new album: Fix Yourself, Not the World.
Fix Yourself, Not the World will be launched on 13 January2022 You can get tickets to The Wombats’ intimate programs from the 6 th-13 th January here.
Watch the video for the band’s newest single, ‘Ready For The High’, listed below.