The Wombats say their first album ‘was like a dog barking in your face’ – watch

The band's London's O2 Academy Brixton gig tonight (April 13) to be streamed online

The Wombats have described their 2007 debut ‘A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation’ as sounding “like a dog barking in your face”, adding that they’ve toned things down for their new record.

The Liverpool-based band release third album ‘Glitterbug’ this week, along with new single ‘Give Me A Try’.

Speaking to NME in a video interview recently, frontman Matthew Murphy described the LP, produced by the band and Mark Crew, as being more constrained.

He admitted: “I felt like the first album was like a dog barking in your face; the second one was a well produced dog barking in your face, but with this one I think we all just wanted to tone it back a little bit.

“Instead of recording 20 guitars all doing the same thing, let’s just record one properly and let it be heard and let that shine through rather than trying to make something overtly bombastic.”

‘Glitterbug’ comes eight years after the band’s breakthrough single ‘Let’s Dance to Joy Division’, for which they were awarded Best Dancefloor Filler at the NME Awards in February 2008.

“We would like more hits, and for things to resonate as well as ‘Let’s Dance To Joy Division’ did,” says Murphy, acknowledging that the band have moved forward since their early material. “I’m proud of that but there’s never really any point looking back… be proud but don’t fixate upon it.”

Watch the video interview above.

The new album comes on the same day that the band’s UK tour rolls in to the capital, playing at the O2 Academy Brixton tonight. The full show will be live streamed for free this evening (April 13) at the O2 Academy website.

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