REVIEW: The Wombats at the Leadmill

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Its half 7 on a Saturday night down at The Leadmill when the doors open and a stream of people come flooding in trying to get a good spot for The Wombats who will be playing later evening.

First up are Norwegians, Team Me who are crammed onto the front of the stage with their multiple instruments almost like a miniature version of Arcade Fire. After a short set from Team Me, the stage is cleared for the second support act of the evening Darlia, they play thrashy guitar indie-rock and provide the perfect warm up for this Sheffield crowd.

As the lights went down, the audience started screaming. A combination of your usual indie kids and students were all fired up ready to bring the roof down. As the guitar riffs and drum beats kicked in, The Wombats were ready to take The Leadmill by storm. Kicking off their explosive set with a relatively new song: ‘Your Body Is A Weapon’.

The Wombats style of guitar pop is undeniably catchy and there’s something about them that forces you to be drawn under their spell with the catchy melodies and sing along choruses, however cool you think you are.

Their most popular songs are evidently the big hits of the night. Songs like ‘Kill The Director’ and ‘Moving To New York’ all cause the crowd to move as one with the strobe lighting but it’s the new material that is most interesting, tracks that will be featured in the new album such as ‘Greek Tragedy’ and ‘This Is Not A Party’ incite pits dotted all over the venue.

After playing crowd favourite ‘Tokyo’ the band leave stage for a short encore break and make a swift return to play new song ‘Emoticons’ and then end their chaotic show on what is undoubtedly one of their most popular songs ‘Lets Dance To Joy Division’ the crowd know every word and see a chance for one last mosh pit, after thanking this rowdy crowd one last time the band make their way offstage.

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The Wombats at the Leadmill. Picture by Hannah Woollaston

The Wombats at the Leadmill. Picture by Hannah Woollaston