Love Fame Tragedy is the bouncy art-rock alter-ego of The Wombats’ lead singer
16.10.2019

Love Fame Tragedy is the bouncy art-rock alter-ego of The Wombats’ lead singer

Words by James Robertson

Delivering his debut solo album, Matthew Murphy just won’t slow down.

After conquering the globe with the success of indie-pop extraordinaires The Wombats, the band’s lead singer and songwriter Matthew Murphy is taking some much-needed time off… to make art-rock under the Love Fame Tragedy moniker.

Somewhere between a Gorillaz-style collaborative effort and a solo venture, Murphy’s fresh creation allows him to make the songs he could never make with The Wombats, while giving him an opportunity to bust out new tunes with other musicians.

Love Fame Tragedy’s first cohesive effort comes in the form of the EP I Don’t Want To Play The Victim, But I’m Really Good At It, a title which, if anything, shows Murphy isn’t tired of his trademark witty lyricism just yet.

The EP kicks off with lead single ‘My Cheating Heart’, featuring singer and model Maddi Jean Waterhouse on backing vocals. The tune speeds along at a ripper pace, retaining Murphy’s penchant for big choruses and name-dropping locales.

Ballad ‘Brand New Brain’ is also a soaring example of a modern piano tune done right. Coupled with the searing riffs on ‘Backflip’, the song which most exemplifies Murphy’s use of outlandish metaphors, Love Fame Tragedy’s first EP is an exciting sign of things to come.

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