The Wombats bring nostalgia to The National

Lindsey Lanham | Editor-in-Chief

Photo courtesy Garnette Ransone Photography

On Thursday, Oct. 19, The Wombats made an appearance at The National in Richmond, Virginia. The show proved that music does still unify people of all ages and that music from 2007 is still cool.

The evening kicked off with a rousing set from Barns Courtney. Courtney is currently on tour with The Wombats, and his interactive stage presence and percussion-heavy rock sound was the perfect way to get the crowd going. His set included hit song “Glitter and Gold” and some crowd surfing.

The Wombats are currently on tour in support of their most recent album, “Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life.” It’s their fourth full-length album, and it was released earlier this year. While most of their set included these newer songs, they didn’t forget about their older music.

For most fans in the crowd, they’ve been listening to The Wombats since they released their debut album, “A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation,” in 2007. For those who wanted to feel a little middle school nostalgia, The Wombats made sure to appease to them, bringing an even balance of new and old.

While The Wombats played classics like “Jump Into The Fog” and “Patricia the Stripper,” the band also played some of their newer releases. “Lemon to a Knife Fight” was a crowd favorite as well as opener “Cheetah Tongue.”

The height of the concert, though, was when lead singer Matthew Murphy did a solo acoustic version of their track “Lethal Combination.” Most of The Wombats songs are rock heavy, with lots of guitar riffs and a heavy drum presence, but having an acoustic performance made the band seem tame. It was nice hearing Murphy showcase his vocal talent on his own and that he is a good performer.

Hit song “Let’s Dance to Joy Division” had the crowd jumping and singing along. The band even had people dressed as wombats come out on stage and dance with them as they brought their set to a close before the encore.

The Wombats closed the show out with “Turn” and “Greek Tragedy.” Like their traditional sound, both of these tracks are rock heavy. The juxtaposition of the sad lyrics and the upbeat music was the perfect way to end their set and left the crowd running off a perfect concert high.

The Wombats were welcomed warmly at The National, as the diverse crowd sought after some form of common connection within their music. The Wombats came, saw and conquered the crowd, and will hopefully be back in Virginia for more in the future.