The Wombats - Moving To New York

05 October Critic Jonni 0 Comments



The Wombats have finally made my blog and it's all down to the fact that my flatmates keep playing this song and it is stuck in my head, so why not review this music video? The indie band is comprised of 3 members who are Matthew Murphy, Dan Haggis and Tord Øverland-Knudson. They have released a lot of singles so far, and this is their biggest hit in the UK, second is "Let's Dance To Joy Division" which got number 15. Their most recent singles have failed to chart well, is this the end, or will they return with a well received song? We'll have to see, but it does look like indie is on it's last legs, but that can easily be turn around.

"Moving To New York" was The Wombats first single and currently their best charting single managing to get to number 13. The song was written Matthew Murphy, which explains why he manages to connect to the song easily when he sings. The song was first released on a limited edition 7" vinyl in October 2006, but it was then re-released 1 and a bit years later in January 2008.

The music video is a real take of what goes on in the lyrics, which is expected and annoys me at times as clearly they can't think of anything good to make it stand out. I'm glad they managed to make it both performance and narrative, but it's been done in a television style, therefore we watch it as a third-viewer and in doing so we miss out on what they are like live.

The story is very steppy (not a word I know but the only word I can come up with to describe it). There is no flow and no way of describing this better. It's like they've looked at the lyrics and decided that here we will put this, and here we will put that. With nothing following that well.

Having said that I like how it's been done and it has an indie vibe, but that is all I have good to say about it. The song is ultimately catchy and is one of those songs you will still be hearing again and again in the future and you'll never be sick of it (hopefully). It's music video is lacking and just not as good as it should've been, it's a good portrayal of the lyrics but not done in the best way.

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