The Wombats are an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 2003. The band comprises native Liverpudlians Matthew Murphy (lead vocals, guitar, keyboard), Daniel (Dan) Haggis (drums, percussion, guitar, keyboard and backing vocals) and Norwegian-born Tord Øverland Knudsen (bass guitar, guitar, keyboard and backing vocals). The band is signed to 14th Floor Records in the United Kingdom and Bright Antenna in the United States. The Wombats have sold over a million albums worldwide.
In January 2007, the band released a second limited edition vinyl called Moving to New York, then in May of that year they released a third single entitled “Backfire at the Disco”, which reached number 35 in the UK Singles Chart. This was followed by then band’s first full single “Kill the Director” in late July. Their debut album, entitled A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation, coincided with the release of “Let’s Dance to Joy Division” in October 2007, and peaked at number 11 in the UK Albums Chart. It was followed by a European tour ending with a thanksgiving party at Liverpool Academy.
The band started 2008 as the opening act at the opening ceremony of Liverpool, European Capital of Culture at Liverpool Arena. “Moving to New York” was re-released on 14 January 2008 and reached number 13 in the UK Singles Chart, becoming their highest charting release to date. On 28 February 2008 the band was awarded ‘Best Dancefloor Filler’ for their single “Let’s Dance To Joy Division” at the NME Awards.