Liverpool-based The Wombats filled up the Exhibition Hall at Bumbershoot Monday with a rush of screaming fans in various age groups. Although they are a trio, they create a surprisingly full sound with the members each playing multiple instruments and providing vocals. Lead singer Matthew Murphy plays guitar and keys, bassist Tord Øverland-Knudsen aids in backing vocals and keys, while Dan Haggis covers drums and background vocals.
Throughout the set there was never a dull moment. Knudsen seemed to have taken advantage of the free caffeinated drinks provided to artists and moshed all over the stage creating a photographic blur. Prior to playing “Techno Fan” Murphy exclaimed, “On this next song we encourage total mayhem.” And so there was.
The live performance did not disappoint: crowd surfers, a sea of waving hands, and a dancing mob encompassed in bright stage lights. The climax of screams came when the opening keys of “Tokyo – Vampires & Wolves” began to play. The mega-hit has received oodles of airplay and was released on the band’s 2011 This Modern Glitch, on which was “Jump Into The Fog” that they also played.