December 1, 2022

Massive Wagons – Triggered Review

Hard Rock

Earache records

Release Date – October 28e 2022

https://www.massivewagons.com/

Line up:

Baz Mills – Vocals

Adam Thistlethwaite – Guitar

Stevie Hull – Guitar

Adam Bowsill – Bass

Alex Thistlethwaite – Drums

List of tracks:

1 – Fuck the haters

2 – Please remain calm

3 – Generation Prime (with Benji Webbe)

4 – ASSHOLE

5 – Skateboard

6 – The days are over

7 – Triggered

8- Julia

9 – Germ

10 – Never been a problem

11 – The big moment

12 – Sawdust

13 – None of my friends

I think there are a lot of people who are looking forward to this release, and rightly so. Massive Wagons became one of the NWOCR flagships in the UK, along with These Damn Crows. After seeing both bands live this year, they’ve stepped up and it’s no surprise that they’re now headliners in their own right. Massive Wagons seriously translates what they do in the studio to the stage.

Massive Wagons has a formula that revolves around a hard rock/punk sound and often eloquent lyrics. They keep it fun even when they sing serious social commentary. They kick off with the stomping ‘Fuck The Haters’ which has one of those catchy melodies they seem to be able to write in their sleep, then we get some kind of alt/new wave on ‘Please Stay Calm’, something a little different with the jerky riff and the spoken verses of Baz before they get involved on the chorus. ‘Generation Prime’ is an absolute banger featuring Benji Webbe helping out with the social commentary and also includes some reggae lines, check out the video – it’s superb. ‘ASSHOLE’ is more of a commentary on a big brassy rocker than the restrained ‘Skateboard’ nods to. More new wave/punk on ‘Gone Are The Days’ is sure to shake things up live and then we get the huge track the band played at Call Of The Wild and raged on. ‘Giulia’ is another stomper before the melodic rock gem of ‘Germ’ and summer ‘Never Been A Problem’. We descend south on “Big Time” and then fast rocker “Sawdust” takes us to the final cut “No Friend Of Mine” which weaves on a darker, sharper groove.

All killer, no filler. Damn straight. Massive Wagons channel all the right influences into their sound and they stay quintessentially British with that. They’re punchy with the riffs and seriously melodic on vocals and the rhythm section is tighter than a duck’s ass. Expect to see Massive Wagons at the top of the bill now. Superb heavy rock n roll – plus it’s FUN!

Rating: 9/10

Reviewed By: Smudge

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