The Wombats are back with a bang with the release of their new album “Glitterbug” on the back of their first UK tour for, well, too long, and we were lucky enough to catch up with bass player and Norwegian legend Tord Øverland Knudsen from the band during their recent gig in Sheffield, so we thought we’d drag him away from his bacon sandwich and ask him a few questions about the band, the new album, and being a Norwegian superstar!
It’s been four years since the release of “This Modern Glitch”, what’s taken you guys so long?
First of all we did a lot of touring on “This Modern Glitch”, for a year and a half, maybe two years, including going back to America. We didn’t do much writing while we were on the road so when we got back we took a month off and then started writing again. We had no plans as to a direction for the album, so maybe six months or so down the line we had a template for a sound or direction so it took a bit of time to get there, and obviously writing the lyrics takes a long time too. A lot of the lyrics are based on real events in Murph’s life, so to get the good stories you have to live them.
When we started recording we tried a few producers who didn’t work out, until we found Mark Crew who worked with Bastille and did “Greek Tragedy” which everyone got really excited about, so that was a great match, but he was really busy with other projects so we had to wait until he was free. It was really frustrating as we had all these songs recorded but couldn’t get the album finished.