Could Massive Wagons become the first Lancaster based group to reach the UK’s Official Top 40?
To celebrate their achievements, the front cover of the band’s new album Full Nelson has been adorning the gable end of The Pub in Lancaster – a venue close to the hearts of the five-piece, whilst simultaneously attracting visitors from far and wide.
Massive Wagons made national news after Lancaster City Council decided the mural needed to be removed as the relevant planning permissions weren’t in place. A subsequent outcry from the band’s loyal and rapidly growing fan base along with the music industry, on the whole, has sparked a petition which has secured almost 8,000 signatures asking the council to reconsider. As the band, the venue and the council work together, the outcome is still presently hanging in the balance.
Massive Wagons has been touring relentlessly in support of their new album with appearances over the summer at the likes of Download Festival, HRH Ibiza Road Trip and Steelhouse, to name but a few.
The first track on the record “Under No Illusion” is packed full of euphoric hooks, huge riffs along with a passionate delivery from lead vocalist Baz Mills. Furthermore, the band grapple with a subject close to all of our hearts ‘social media’ with their emphatic recent single “China Plates”.
The high octane rock numbers continue with “Sunshine Smile” which comes complete with a massive chorus, fuzz fuelled guitar riffs and a heavy groove, which in places is reminiscent of Hollywood rockers like Guns N Roses and Skid Row.
On the other hand, “Robot (Trust In Me)” stands out as being a bit different from the rest of the record, but not in a bad way. With its pulsating rhythm, funky bass parts and reverb-tinged vocal effects the track brings a slightly grungier and heavier undertone to Full Nelson.
It goes without saying that Massive Wagon’s homage to Status Quo legend Rick Parfait with “Back To The Stack” is already a future classic in the making. This being just one of several full of arena-filling rock anthems on the record along with recent singles “Ratio”, “Tokyo” and “Northern Man”.
With Massive Wagons fourth album the band has perfectly captured the essence of their explosive live performances. Upon first listen to Full Nelson we are under no illusion that the Lancaster based five-piece are destined for the top.
Massive Wagons will release their new album Full Nelson via Earache Records on August 10th.
Photo: Adam Kennedy