Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ The Wombats

The WombatsWe’ve been fans of The Wombats’ music, charisma, and savvy songwriting for years now. And honestly, AMBY are honoured to present our fabulous interview with The Wombats to you! The band’s Dan Haggis humbly took the time to answer some questions for us, so we spoke about buying children’s keyboards from Toys R Us, their upcoming men’s fragrance Guff, and falling over and eating pedal boards!

AMBY: Hello The Wombats, thanks a ton for taking the time to do this! What has the band been up to lately?

The Wombats: We’ve been busy working on new material for our 3rd album which is going really well. We’ve also been working on a new fragrance for men we hope to release later this year called ‘Guff’. We’re heading over to the States to play at Coachella in a few weeks so we’ll have to run through the set a few times as we haven’t played a show in over 5 months!

AMBY: Which three tracks are the quintessential Wombats?

The Wombats: Hmm, 3 tracks to sum us up.. I’d say 3 fairly diverse tracks such as Party In A Forest, Tokyo and Jump Into The Fog.

AMBY: What’s your favourite The Wombats song and why?

The Wombats: That’s like asking a mother who has 30 children which one is her favourite with them all sat there listening!

AMBY: Little Miss Pipedream is such a charming song of yours. What’s the inspiration behind it?

The Wombats: You’d have to ask Murph for the story behind the lyrics but musically we wanted to do something different to anything we’d done before at that point so we bought 3 children’s keyboards from ‘Toys R Us’ and ended up with a song that is the only real calm during the storm of the first album. It’s one of our favourites to play live.

AMBY: What part of the world would you like to play that you have not yet?

The Wombats: South America is high on the list. We’re actually playing Mexico City for the first time in a few weeks which will be fun. It’s always exciting playing for new crowds in new countries as you never know how they will react.

AMBY: Where did the idea of opening A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation a cappella come from?

The Wombats: Well we’re big fans of the Beach Boys and harmonies in general so we tried our hand at making a barber shop trio style song. The result was ‘Girls, Boys…’ and initially we were thinking of having it as a bonus track or something but then we realised it was much more of a statement to start our first album with a nonsensical a cappella!

AMBY:If this is a rom com, kill the director” is a classic lyric. What’s a lyric you’ll never get enough of?

The Wombats: Dis, quand reviendras-tu? Dis, au moins le sais-tu
Que tout le temps qui passe
Ne se rattrape guère…
Que tout le temps perdu
Ne se rattrape plus!

It’s the first chorus of a French song I learnt. It’s an amazing song by ‘Barbara’ called ‘Dis, quand reviendras-tu’ and it’s quite a fitting song for musicians on tour all the time, she’s asking her love when he’ll be coming home to her.

AMBY: What is the funniest thing to happen to you at one of your gigs?

The Wombats: Most of the things that get us laughing on-stage are slapstick moments. Either Murph jumping on a balloon on-stage whilst playing in Kansas and ending up on his back in one stunningly executed movement but carrying on with the song OR Tord falling over and eating his pedal board on-stage. Sometimes the laughter gets too much and we can barely sing…check out for an example at about 2min20 into the song.

AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?

The Wombats: Well writing and recording our next album is at the top of the list with Coachella, Mexico and a few other festivals this summer scattered about too. I’m quite looking forward to Iron Man 3 too…

AMBY: If you could create a law that everyone would have to follow, what would it be?
The Wombats: Tough question…there are so many already! I’ll leave that to the politicians for now…

AMBY: What would a movie based on the band be called?

The Wombats: ‘Cherub Rock’

AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about The Wombats that nobody knows yet?

The Wombats: Well I mentioned it earlier in the interview so now people know – we’re getting into the perfume industry and are in the final stages of releasing our new male fragrance called ‘Guff’.


Thank you so much The Wombats, for giving us your answers!

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Alicia Atout

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