The Wombats at the Visulite Theatre tonight (9/24/2012)
THE WOMBATS Hipster Brit-pop combo channels dreamy, dancey pop of the ’90s (Blur, The Cure) and ’80s (post-punk disco, keyboards-fueled new wave). The Liverpool band’s witty, snarky, “here’s the punch line” lyrics inspire sing-alongs, since the songs are immediately catchy and laden with big hooks. The trio manages a full sound that can fill a club with expansive melodicism. Sure, they gather alt-pop nuggets of the last three decades, but instead of imitating their influences, the blokes stroll down urban streets with their own happy-go-lucky pop. Last year’s This Modern Glitch delivered a stack of songs that reflect their funky worldview. Any band that goads listeners to “Let’s Dance to Joy Division” has my vote. With Morning Parade and The Royal Concept. $17-$20. Sept. 24, 9:45 p.m. Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. 704-358-9200.