On revved up anthem Tokyo the fighting spirit at the very heart of Massive Wagons shines through. ‘You won’t play us on the radio’ blasts frontman Baz Mills. But this time we just might.
Because on brand new record Welcome To The World, Massive Wagons carry all the passion, power and party attitude missing in the slow lane of British rock.
It’s the sound of a band accelerating towards stardom and overtaking the opposition.
Guitarist Adam Thistlethwaite revealed: “Our sound has always drawn on many different influences from classic rock to AOR to heavy blues and prog.
“Those influences are deliberately more polarised from track to track on this album. We love to be able to morph from highly accessible rock to deeper cuts.
“The result is something a lot more diverse yet a lot more ‘us’. We had a much heavier hand in the production beyond just the performance.
“I think we’ve achieved what we set out to do.”
Listen to Ratio – where Massive Wagons promise to ‘go to a place where the beer is cheap, the craic is good and jukebox is free’ – and you’ll want to jump aboard and party hard.
Load up Shit Sweat Death and it’s as if Vince Neil is fronting Nashville Pussy. On the uplifting set closerFee-Fi-Fo-Fum fans will lap up the giant-sized hooks that put the ‘massive’ into Massive Wagons.
In fact the band’s new album is rock and roll road trip referencing everyone from AC/DC to Black Stone Cherry, Green Day to Iron Maiden. And with Welcome To The World the Wagons are surely well on the road to long-term success.
After signing to Off Yer Rocka Reordings in 2014, Massive Wagons released the critically acclaimed Fight The System – the record that persuaded label bosses no MOT was required.
“I loved their songs from day one and didn’t want to change a thing about them,” said Off Yer Rocka CEO John Davies. “They already have a huge reputation as hard-gigging live band but Welcome To The Worldwill confirm Massive Wagons as serious songwriters.
“People won’t believe this is the sound of five guys from North West England. This is music made for North American arenas.”
Massive Wagons hit the road with label mates Trucker Diablo, Screaming Eagles, Skam, Chase The Ace and Thirteen Stars this spring and will play the following shows in April:
14 – Newcastle O2 Academy
15 – Sheffield O2 Academy
16 – Glasgow O2 ABC
28 – Leicester O2 Academy
29 – Islington O2 Academy
30 – Manchester Rebellion