Matthew Murphy

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Matthew Murphy
Birth name Matthew Edward Murphy
Also known as Murph
Born (1984-07-23) 23 July 1984 (age 30)
Liverpool, England
Genres Indie rock,[1] rock
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Keyboard
Years active 2003–present
Labels 14th Floor Records
Associated acts The Wombats
Notable instruments
Fender Telecaster, Taylor 314ce, Casiotone MT-45, Casio SA-75, microKORG and microKORG XL (on stage)

Matthew "Murph" Edward Murphy[2] (born 23 July 1984) is an English musician, best known for singing, playing guitar and keyboard for The Wombats.

Early life[edit]

He was raised in Woolton, Liverpool, and educated at the public school Liverpool College, and the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, where he met fellow band members Tord Overland Knudsen and Daniel Haggis. He is known as the face of Vespa scooters in Japan and Malaysia.

The Wombats[edit]

Murphy is part of Liverpool indie rock trio The Wombats alongside Dan Haggis (drums) and Tord Øverland Knudsen (bass guitar); "at first The Wombats were a joke they didn't want anyone to find funny". Murphy once said that: "In the middle of the songs we'd break into uncontrollable sobbing. The idea was not to be funny."[3] The band was initially launched when The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts gave them the chance to play various gigs. They then ended up gaining radioplay in the UK with songs such as: "Let's Dance to Joy Division" and "Moving to New York". Their first album, "The Wombats Proudly Present: A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation", was released on 5th November 2007. with success following with a European tour and finally an Arbor Day Party at Liverpool Academy.

The band's second album, entitled The Wombats Proudly Present: This Modern Glitch was released on 25 April 2011 as a CD, digital download and also as 7" and 12" vinyls. Six singles were released from this album.

Their most recent single, "Your Body Is a Weapon" was released on 2 October 2013.[4]

Publicity and television appearances[edit]

Murphy appeared on an episode of the Australian music quiz show Spicks and Specks, hosted by Adam Hills. Murphy was a contestant in the episode and Knudsen and Haggis appeared on the show, performing the Postman Pat theme song, in Norwegian.