Released: 14th January 2022
Album number five for those lovable Wombats, and rather than it being time to celebrate it seems like the dark days of the last couple of years or so have really started to take their toll. Written and recorded completely in isolation, ‘Fix Yourself, Not The World’ is a record where the bangers are lurking around the corners, and the band are listening to too much Joy Division but forgetting to dance.
The nicely frantic ‘You Flip Me Upside Down’ is a track that examines the moment where the cocaine parties have been replaced by something, or someone, new. Elsewhere, boredom and frustration stalk tracks like the cheerily-titled ‘Everything I Love Is Going To Die’ and ‘This Car Drives All By Itself’ – a song where it is a tunnel that is waiting at the end of the light, adding to a subdued air of self-reflection. Coming at a point where The Wombats just need a few hits on each record to keep turning through the arenas, it’s a record that captures the spirit of a time that most will want to forget; let’s hope for some sunnier times to come.