Wobbly Lamps were born underground, in a pub basement. Disillusioned with much of modern life and the mundane mainstream, they got drunk and made music. After months of subterranean existence honing their sound, they left the basement, moved into the light to inflict their noise on an unsuspecting public. After a batch of gigs around their spawning ground of Southend-on-Sea they are quickly developing a following among fans of low end, lo-fi, trippy garage rock.
Support slots with Sic Alps and The Black Belles led to them headlining Thee Polyvinyl Craftsmen stage at the Village Green Festival in their hometown in June 2012.
Their first 7” single released in May 2012 featured 3 original songs full of piss and vinegar “Neon Tepee”, “She Wants Me Dead” and “Alice the Goon”. Influences include Country Teasers, The Fall, Billy Childish, Thee Oh Sees, The Clean, Real Estate, Comet Gain, Pavement, Mr Bungle, Mars Volta, Yo La Tengo and My Bloody Valentine. The band sound a bit like some of these and nothing at all like some of the others.
The Wobbly mantra is “Never Ever Bloody Anything Ever” which is also the title of the a-side of their second 7” EP “Drella” released in March 2013, b-side songs are “Haxan” and “Gretchen Fetchen”. All songs were written by the band.
Both singles picked up plenty of international airplay in the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Portugal, Greece and Japan. “Haxan” from the Drella EP was championed by Gideon Coe on BBC 6Music who has played it regularly.
Reviews of both 7”s were universally positive and they are both still selling well around the globe. Both singles were limited to only 250 copies, the first EP has now nearly sold out and will not be re-pressed.
Dirty Water Records invited the band to play their Easter all-dayer in April 2013 and they went down a storm, they have also played with Night Beats, JC Satan and at Village Green Festival and No Rain festival this year.
“Storming garage rock screaming with fuzz and attitude” – Rough Trade Records
“I really want to hear an LP from this band now! It’s about time a UK band stepped up and had a proper crack at that garage rock they’re so good at over the pond” – Norman Records
“The spirit of ‘66 meets ‘77 lives on here” – Shindig! Magazine
“These guys are one of the most exciting local acts I’ve seen for a long time. This is true dirty garage rock played with attitude. Imagine The Strokes being dragged through the mud and wrung out of any pop that was left in them before finally getting washed down with a post-punk rinse. Very good indeed.” - Live review from Level 4 Magazine.
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