Nov 25, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut

Sam and the Womp’s smash hit ‘Bom Bom’ would have you believe that the band are all about producing anthemic/borderline annoying made-for-Ibiza tracks. Going to see them live proves that these assumptions were very wrong. Support comes from Sub Sweepa, a duo of 16 year old Glaswegian boys who eventually win the crowd over with a dub-step remix of ‘Wonderwall’, before (probably) going home to bed because it’s a school night. Sam and the Womp prove to be a surprise from the moment they step on stage: there are SEVEN of them, including a brass section, of which Sam is a part, and who are great at swinging their instruments in unison as they play. It’s obvious that all of them are enjoying their time on stage. Sam, as the frontman, is great at interacting with the crowd, and has great on-stage chemistry with his female vocalist, Lady Oo. More surprises come from the diversity of the band’s songs; there’s ska, a bit of reggae, and then, to great success, a song called ‘Gypsy in the Snow’, which features a great build-up from a slow, Eastern-European style rhythm before it smashes into the band’s signature ‘womps’. The ‘womp’, Sam explains, is the ‘space between the bass and your face’, and is the responsibility of the wompmeister Aaron Audio. Of course, most of the audience are here to see the band perform their biggest hit, and the band happily oblige, remixing it halfway through and using it to give the crowd a lesson in how to dance to the womp. The gig is short, which is a shame because the band are far more talented than I first gave them credit for. King Tut’s is a great venue for a band who are, at the moment, one-hit wonders, but I’m in no doubt that their success will continue as long as they are given the chance to prove themselves.

[Laura Thomas]

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