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Song of the Week: “Tokyo (Vampires and Wolves)” by The Wombats

This week I want to tell you about a little British band, from Liverpool to be specific, called The Wombats. Their first album, being one of my favorite alternative rock albums, had a rather peculiar title in “The Wombats Proudly Present: A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation”, but today I want to tell you about my song of the week (aka. on repeat on my iPod).

Coming from their second album due out February 7th, “Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)” is not yet released in the U.S., but was released in the UK on September 24th. This first single also bares the title of the album, which will be, as I already mentioned, their sophomore album. The song itself gets me excited beyond belief for February.

Starting off with a melodic synth piano overlaced with processed guitar and an – in your face – bass line (sounds that make our ears tickle), Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves) hits the ground running with a bang. Having heard this first while streaming BBC Radio 1 about a month ago, I was immediately drawn to it, and when Fearne Cotton announced that it was the new Wombats track I fell instantly in love. What makes this song pop is the background synth which is uncommon but not unlikely for The Wombats as per their only other album.

Their first album was very straight-forward indie rock, but I am very pleased that they are moving in the electro synth/indie-alt rock combination much like their mates Two Door Cinema Club and Bombay Bicycle Club. Aside from the spine chilling melody and vocals, my favorite aspect of the different layers of this song is the drumming. Aside from being impeccable, I’m drawn to the set they used to record, which sounds like an old Ludwig from the 50’s (ie. it sounds like gritty, un-tuned, shit) and I love the sound. Finally I want to mention the climax of the song, which can be found at about 40 seconds from the end. It is a long climb to the top immediately followed by a wall of sound and the band screams “Bar in Tokyo!!” I still get chills every time.

Do yourself a favor and scour the internet for this song, and of course when it becomes available in the US, hop on iTunes and grab it. Let me know what you think down below and if you’ve never heard of The Wombats, I highly recommend their first album, as well as the work of the other bands I mentioned.

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  • Comment by Danielle Simone posted October 11, 2011 at 06:39

    I love this song! Do you know any other songs that are similar to it? I’d like to make a playlist based around this song. :)