"This Modern Glitch," the second album by the British modern rock trio the Wombats, has been out for 17 months. But the U.S.'s recent embrace of the single "Jump Into the Fog" -- Top 20 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart -- helped the group get the foothold it's been craving in a very large market.
"It feels better," says the group's Matthew Murphy. "This is the fourth time we've been over here on this particular album, and probably the seventh or eighth tour total, and it feels like things are definitely moving in the right direction. We're playing bigger shows and more people are coming, and it just feel better.
"We didn't necessarily expect to be successful over here, but we come here because we'd LIKE to be successful. I think that's a good mindset to have."
While they're keeping "This Modern Glitch" alive, however, Murphy and his mates already have their eyes on the future. He says the Wombats have worked up five new songs, one of which he considers "great." The Liverpool group hopes to take time off over the holidays, then "just be constantly writing and recording and working towards the next album" during early 2013.
"It's probably slightly more guitar-driven so far," Murphy, 28, says of the new material. "I kind of think, for me, it would be nice to write a really big rock record. But that's not necessarily how it will end up.
"We don't really pre-plan anything. Whatever we think is sounding good at the time, that's what we go with."
The Wombats, Morning Parade and the Royal Concept perform Friday, Sept. 21, at the Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 day of show. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.
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