Full Nelson, the last studio album from Massive Wagons opened a lot of doors for them but the soon to be released follow up, House Of Noise on July 17th 2020 won’t just do the same, it’ll smash the windows to and blow the roof off!
It’s a heavier album musically and lyrically with a dirty dozen new songs. Twelve new lockdown musical friends to help us pass the time until the next tour comes along. ‘In It Together’ opens the album and is the first single taken from it. It’s an adrenaline rush of crushing, but feel good heavy metal that shares the spotlight with glorious melodies and I don’t think I’ve heard “tra la la la la” in a song before and it ends on more “whoa oh oh’s” than you could wish for.
Latest single ‘Bangin’ In Your Stereo‘ grabs you from the off as air guitars are mandatory, as also are your voices to holler out the chorus of “we’re bangin’ in your stereo, getting down on the radio”. These three minutes fly by on a headbanging hoedown! Kick drums in ‘House Of Noise’ thump hard to match the anger in Baz’s vocal rant. Guitars build up to a crescendo that adds more intensity.
Off-kilter drum patterns in ‘Freak City’ make for quirky verses as the lung-busting choruses boom similarly to ‘Can’t Live Without You’ by the Scorpions. ‘Hero‘ is a lengthy pounder, mainly from bass guitar bombast. It’s all heavy blues, nailed down by potent power chords. A laid back guitar solo from Stevie Holl midway is truly sublime.
‘Professional Creep‘ is a contender for the heaviest track. A buzzing riff runs all the way through this shout it loud rocker, point proven by a chorus of “but you can’t vaccinate against being an asshole” and “you look like Meryl Streep, you’re a professional creep”. ‘Pressure‘ sees the Wagons bring out their punk side as they bring the hammer down with some incendiary riffing and a gnarly vocal.
On paper, the ‘The Curry Song‘ sounds a bit throwaway but it’s the complete opposite as the hilarious food-related lyrics are something we can all relate to that includes a couplet of “I say Keema, you say naan. I say, Rogan, you say Josh. I say, Rogan, you say mosh!” ‘Glorious’ has tongue in cheek lyrics that vie for the spotlight from the full-on band choruses and neat twin guitar lines midway.
Bittersweet lyrics add fuel to the fire for the pop-punk grooves in ‘Sad, Sad Song‘. ‘Hallescrewya‘ is nothing to do with religion or Halle Berry but of a disinterested so-called fan who left a gig early and if he reads this, his five minutes of fame is here. The choruses are as powerful as a film score.
After all these eleven chest-beating tracks, the album closes with the poignant balladry of ‘Matter Of Time‘. Eight minutes pass way too soon as a vocal tour de force sees Baz heart on sleeve crooning away over guitar notes wrung notes wrung out midway and for the quaint outro by Adam Thistlethwaite.
House Of Noise album track listing :–
In It Together.
Bangin’ In Your Stereo.
House Of Noise.
The Curry Song.
Sad, Sad Song.
Matter Of Time.
Massive Wagons band line up :-
Baz Mills – Lead vocals.
Adam Thistlethwaite – Guitar.
Stevie Holl – Guitar.
Adam ‘Bowz’ Bouskill – Bass guitar.
Alex Thistlethwaite – Drums.
I’d like to dedicate this review to Ian McCaul. R.I.P Ian.
Pre order the album House of Noise here: https://www.massivewagons.com/