Sunday, 20 November 2011
The Wombats - 1996
With Techno Fan the Wombats delivered by far the best record of their career - a joyous burst of youthful exuberance by way of streamlined Pulp-esque Brit-pop. For a band that so often play on their own sense of goofyness, Techno Fan showed that when they aim for something more serious, they can really excel.
New single 1996 attempts to do much the same, this time going for a more rough and ready sound and packs in a colossal reedy synth riff in the process. The Wombats have something of a penchant for reminiscing over their childhood in their lyrics, and as far as song-worthy material goes, it treads a dangerous line between nostalgia and overly-quaint.
While 1996 fails to recapture the sugary pop sweetness that propelled Techno Fan, its rousing guitar parts, sense of ramshackle hard graft and chanty football ground vocals help mark it out as another of the group's best. It leaves only one question, why the abysmal Anti-D was ever released as a single...
1996 is released on 28th November.