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The Wombats fourth studio album, Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life was released on Feb 9, 2018 via Kobalt Music Recordings and in addition to their headline tour in January, will be joining Weezer and The Pixies for a run of dates this summer. “I wanted to make an album that had more swagger, was a bit more laid back, something that wasn’t punching you in the face every time you listen to it,” frontman Matthew ‘Murph’ Murphy said of the new music. Although the album was written from three corners of the globe – drummer Dan Haggis in London, bassist Tord Øverland Knudsen nursing his new family in Oslo and frontman Murph in Los Angeles, CA, Murphy stated it wasn’t an issue – “On every level, musically and interpersonally, we’re much closer.” The album is the follow-up to the band’s successful synth-driven Glitterbug, which was an exploration of the mythology of Los Angeles and Murph’s budding long-distance relationship. “The last album was about me meeting someone and my life going upside down in Los Angeles, partying too hard and getting myself in trouble,” Murph explains. “This album is about me battling against that, trying to live an adult life. And failing.”

Murph took a moment to talk about the new album, his life as a newlywed and more. Check out the interview: