IN spite of taking some four years to deliver their second album The Wombats don’t consider themselves perfectionists.
At least writer and singer Matthew ‘Murph’ Murphy doesn’t. “I don’t think I’m that much of a perfectionist,” he concurs ahead of next month’s live return to Sheffield.
“In fact, Dan (Haggis drums, percussion, keyboard) and Tord (Øverland-Knudsen, bass, guitar, keyboard) are probably more than I am. I just care about the song, that’s my job, and the rest of it is a collaborative effort.
“If a producer tries to change a drum part or something I might not even notice it, but obviously to Dan it’s a huge deal.”
So this, along with relentless touring, is one of the reasons it took the Liverpool band so long to follow up their standard-bearing début début A Guide To Love, Loss and Desperation, namely the lavishly-titled The Wombats Proudly Present... This Modern Glitch (2010-Present).
It saw four producers get involved, namely Rich Costey (Muse, Interpol, Franz Ferdinand) who mixed their first album, having already collaborated with Jacknife Lee (U2, Snow Patrol, R.E.M.) and Eric Valentine (Queens Of The Stone Age, Lostprophets) and finished off with Butch Walker’s plug in and play approach. “We did three songs with Lee, but two of them didn’t turn out too good,” reveals Murph. “We did Tokyo with him and re-recorded it with Eric. Then none of us wanted to work with Eric because of his back catalogue, but actually he was one of the best producers, most musical, talented people we’ve ever met.
“We fell into Butch right at the last minute. He was really refreshing because everyone else was quite anal about sounds. One day in the studio with Rich all I did was tune up a guitar for 10 hours whereas with Butch we recorded a song with him in a day and a half. We would just plug into things and then it was ‘woo, we finished’.”
That meant an album that isn’t so much riddled with variation as different angles and edges, showcased greatly by the singles Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves), Jump Into The Fog and Anti-D
“I’ve learned it’s a lot about what people say,” says Murphy of his inspiration. “Words people say sparks an idea off. And also there was a case of living your life in order to find inspiration. Some days doing weird things you wouldn’t normally do.
“Touring isn’t a very inspiring thing. It can be, but I don’t think people want to hear about three years on the road. We have met some crazy people but I’ve never really found inspiration from that to be honest, as of yet.”
The Wombats play O2 Academy October 4.