Womps Round II
By Steffen Armstrong
WOMPS, one of our absolute favourite Glasweigan Trio's, are back...replacing the fuzz with a new sound and a new record, Our Fertile Forever, released on June 10 via Displaced Records, which promises to be one of the top Alternative releases of the summer. But since our last meeting with the modern punk outfit, what's changed for WOMPS?
WOMPS! It's great to catch up with you again. You've just been to SXSW?
SXSW was better than we could have imagined. Great people looked after us all the way, free everything and the shows we’re mobbed. It seems like people are really actively into discovering new music. When they read an article, they’ll follow it up, learn the songs, and be there at the front singing along.
"We love the American Spirit but we’re also very proud to be Scottish and proud of where we came from".
All hail Third Outing, then! The new LP Our Fertile Forever is out in June. Tell us about the record?
Musically, it’s a document true to the band’s live sound. There’s so much emphasis on production and multi-tracking these days that we thought the most radical thing to do was to do it all in one room, live. I think it helped us grow as musicians and songwriters too. When writing songs we tend to go with our gut and not dwell on changing things. That’s where we find the most honesty and integrity and I think, for us, that’s what attracts us to a lot of the bands we admire. I think we've ended up with a piece of art that is a true reflection of us and our growth at the time and we’re very proud of it.
What about the title and cover?
Our Fertile Forever is a pondering on the meaning of ‘forever’ with a ‘glass half-full’ perspective. Though there’s a lot of melancholy and miserablist agenda to my words, I feel like art and creating music is the only meaning that distracts me from the fear of eternity. The cover, done by Martin D Barker with Jade Lezar, is a modern take on the Greco-Roman Goddess of Fertility. We didn’t really think that it’d offend anyone but it seems some people need to grow up and accept that there’s nothing but beauty in an image of a mother feeding her beloved child.
Listening to the pre-release of the record, Plasticine sounds like an American anthem. We know you like the american spirit and way of life, but has it also influenced your music and your sound?
I think, for us, it’s actually inspired by British new wave and post-punk bands like The Smiths,Gang of Four and The Cure. We’re very much our own thing these days and I'm not sure where we’re borrowing influences from. It's very true that we love the American Spirit but we’re also very proud to be Scottish and proud of where we came from.