Interview: The Wombats Talk New Album and the Tour Life

The Wombats have been topping the charts with their affirmative pop/rock anthems for over ten years.

With each new album, the band members grow closer as they reach new milestones professionally and personally, which they channel into their music, documenting life as it happens. Their latest epoch titled, Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life is out this Friday, February 9 via Kobalt. The album chronicles a bad break-up, new beginnings, and coming back to earth when you’ve been swept up by the undertow.

Produced by Mark Crew (Bastille) and Catherine Marks (Wolf Alice), Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life finds The Wombats delivering another round of anthemic choruses paired with their signature wit, along with reflective moments. Topping it off, the Wombats join Weezer and The Pixies this summer on their co-headline tour.

The Wombats’ drummer Dan Haggis, shares insight into Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life, the band’s evolution, his latest bing-worthy show, and who would win in a Wombats-Weezer-Pixies water balloon fight.

Culture Collide: How did you decide on the title Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life for this album?
Dan Haggis: Of all the titles Murph (lead vocalist/guitarist) sent over, this one jumped out of the page and felt like an interesting and thought provoking way to sum up the album. I think everyone can relate to the heart break that can come from the people we admire most.

Having been a band for over 10 years now, how have you all evolved as individuals and as a whole? What’s it like getting older and some members starting families? How does this shape the music?
DH: I guess you get a bit more relaxed about things as you get older, priorities definitely change when you have a child and growing up brings different responsibilities. We’re like a weird family and every album we do is just a new chapter of the saga. Music can’t help but be affected by what’s going on in your life, that what’s so cool about it. Whilst recording in Oslo, Tord’s daughter would come in to the studio, and if she clapped and head-banged along we knew we were on to something good!

How do you all stay connected when you’re in different cities?
DH: Internet! Although we can go for long periods without talking. It’s probably because when we tour and record we’re in each others pockets and faces 24/7 so it’s good to have some time to ourselves! It actually helped build up some creative juices. When we got together in Oslo for writing sessions we were raring to go!

List the best lemonade recipe:
DH: I’ve never made home made lemonade but if I did I’d use fresh lemons, a tiny bit of sugar but not too much as I love a good citrus kick…and a dash of fresh ginger to add even more punch.

Last show you binge-watched?
DH: Peaky Blinders season four. SO GOOD!

Pro-tip for long flights:
DH: Wear comfy trousers, drink loads of water, have a good book at the ready and watch a few great films.

How does it feel to be playing with Weezer and The Pixies this summer?
DH: Pretty surreal to be honest! I used to dance/jump around every weekend at a rock club in Liverpool called The Krazy House to “Buddy Holly” by Weezer and “Debaser” by The Pixies. If you’d have told 17 year old me that one day I’d go on tour with them I would’ve just laughed!

If the Wombats, Weezer and Pixies all had a water balloon fight who would win?
DH: I’d put my money on us!

The Wombats upcoming tour dates:
*with Weezer and The Pixies

June 23 – Tampa, FL @ MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre*
June 26 – New Orleans, LA @ Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square*
June 27 – Dallas, TX @ Starplex Pavilion*
June 29 – The Woodlands, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion*
June 30 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheater*
July 6 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center*
July 7 – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*
July 8 – Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center*
July 10 – Burgettstown, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion*
July 11 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center*
July 13 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre*
July 14 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage*
July 15 – Syracuse, NY @ Lakeview Amphitheatre*

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