I’ve been anticipating the follow-up to The Wombats’ This Modern Glitch for several years now—pretty much since the album came out in 2011. A spark of hope appeared in the form of “Your Body is a Weapon” in October 2013, a track that was said to be the first single from their upcoming unnamed album. What occurred for the next fourteen months was a series of vague tweets about working on the album and then radio silence, a less-than-inspiring combination. In December 2014, this album suddenly had a name, cover art, and a release date. Last Wednesday the Wombats premiered Glitterbug’s second single, “Greek Tragedy,” on Zane Lowe’s BBC1 radio show. They quickly followed up with its music video, which was emailed to their subscriber list.
The “Greek Tragedy” video opens with a parental advisory. Why, might you ask? Here, I’ll let you watch it and find out, then share my reaction upon my first viewing:
“Ah I see, we’re following a fangirl as she obsesses over a band. Nothing unusual, I’ve seen this before. Woah, an intense fangirl. Wait, is she stalking them? That’s less okay than is generally comfortable for everyone. That’s definitely breaking and entering, as well as being creepy as fuck. Hmm, it looks like she’s buying them presents, but disturbing presents because how would she know that Murph needs a toaster besides the fact that she’s watching his every move—OH MY GOD SHE JUST KILLED THEM ALL! THAT’S A LOT OF BLOOD.”
So there’s where the parental advisory comes in.
The video ends with her stringing the band members up with their instruments as if they are grotesque dolls. It’s a strong choice, and not one everyone is going to like, but as a horror fan I thought this creepy, horrific stalker video was great and memorable.