It’s her first concert like this.
She stands against the metal railing at Cat’s Cradle awaiting the band she’s loved her whole life. Her glasses reflect the pink and red stage lights. At 11 years old, she’s attended stadium shows, but this is her first time at a small venue. Her mom stands directly behind her, only a little taller, keeping watch as she becomes a part of the crowd of teenagers and twenty-somethings. They drove from Greensboro just for this.
The Wombats performed at Cat’s Cradle on Monday night, giving a performance that would leave any fan with a smile on their face. The tour is prefacing the release of their new album “Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life,” available Feb. 9.
Their set was filled with fan favorites “Give Me A Try,” “Emoticons” and “Moving To New York” that had audience members singing and jumping along with lead singer Matthew Murphy. They also played newer singles and unreleased songs from their upcoming album.
The new songs experimented with more mature sounds driven by guitar and low synthesizers, while still sounding characteristically “Wombats.” Murphy’s accented vocals are unmistakable, set up against an upbeat backdrop that is recognizable to anyone who has heard one of their songs.