The Wombats star Matthew Murphy wanted to 'document' his journey to sobriety on new album: 'It was a pretty kind of funky two years'

Matthew 'Murph' Murphy explains how he wanted to "document" his sobriety journey with his new album and reveals how giving up the booze has changed his life for the better.



Matthew 'Murph' Murphy wanted to "document" his sobriety journey with his new album.

The 39-year-old singer - who is best known as part of the rock band The Wombats alongside Tord Øverland Knudsen, and Dan Haggis but in recent years has embarked on a solo career under the name of Love Fame and Tragedy - decided to give up alcohol for good and explained that he wrote his latest record 'Life Is a Killer' during that "catastrophic" time.

He exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "I wasn't sober when I was writing it but I was definitely writing from the aspect of a person who isn't sober and I… it was a pretty kind of funky two years I'd say and I'm glad that I kind of had it documented that I'm glad that it's been documented by this album. The album was written during just not a catastrophic time but I had extreme highs and extreme lows and dealing with family life and trying to balance that with work.

"I was also flying a lot for The Wombats festivals. There was one flew I did like 22 transatlantic return flights in in like 60 days or something. And then the album was kind of written, I didn't so much decide 'I'm gonna write an album' rather than I was on this mad journey and chose to document it along the way."

The 'Don't You Want to Sleep With Someone Normal?' hitmaker - who was born in Liverpool but now lives in LA with his wife Akemi Topel and their two daughters - explained that he is feeling "way happier" since giving up the booze and described going sober as the "best gift" he could have ever given himself.

He said: "I'm way happier and my home life is way better. I'm just less...I have kind of returned to sanity a little bit and I'm kind of by myself more excitable about stuff and it's a lot of hard work but I'm getting to this stage now where I'm really starting to think that this could have been the best the best gift I could have ever given myself.

Love Fame Tragedy's new album 'Life Is A Killer' is out now via Bright Antenna Records.