Scouse trio the Wombats have admitted they are "ridiculously" flattered at Sir Paul McCartney's suggestion of producing an album for them.

Frontman Matt Murphy, drummer Dan Haggis and Norwegian bassist Tord Overland-Knudsen met while studying at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, the school founded by Sir Paul.

And speaking to BBC 6 Music before he played the Liverpool Sound concert as part of the city's European Capital of Culture celebration, the former Beatle offered to produce the three-piece's next album.

"I had one of the guys in one of my classes. It was great. Now, years later they're doing great.

"I don't do much production now but it might be very tempting," he added. "I'm not sure they would want me."

Talking to BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat programme ahead of the Beach Break students' festival, which began in Cornwall on Monday June 9th, Haggis admitted the Wombats were amazed at Sir Paul's suggestion.

"It's ridiculously flattering to have a Beatle like Sir Paul even mentioning us in a sentence," he said.

"We were laughing about it, like it would be an interesting collaboration.

"I think we'd be up for doing a demo and seeing what it was like.

"Imagine kicking back with Sir Paul? Like, 'Yeah, I think we need a bit more hi-hat there Paul.'"

Were the Let's Dance to Joy Division stars to collaborate with Sir Paul, it would not be the first time they had met, Haggis explained.

"[Sir Paul] hands out the diplomas and degrees so I did get to shake his hand.

"I had an eyebrow piercing in at the time and he said, 'We'll have to get a screwdriver for that.'

"I was like, 'Okay, whatever you say!'


10/06/2008 07:48:00