Wagons, from Melbourne, Australia, are a lot more country than we expected them to be – them being from down under and all – but then when we thought about it – it made more sense. Afterall, we did see Australia, the movie!
Actually, the band is a lot more country & western than we expected them to be. Which is good. When we think of “country” these days, we think of girls from the south that shop at the mall, y’all! Wagons are much more of a musical mixed bag, with a lot of old school country influences like Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and maybe even a little Elvis.
The guys were a lot of fun to chat up and were very excited to be playing in Memphis. We think we will be hearing a lot more from them in the future! Check out our interview with the band as they profess their love for late period Elvis and talk about being on the road with tour mates Those Darlins. They also play some music! Then go see them TONIGHT at The Hi-Tone!
From the land down under, Wagons take the best of rock n roll, country, funk, cabaret, psychedelia and soul and tie them all together with the help of lead singer, Henry Wagons, delightfully twisted vision. After being called one of Australian music’s best kept secrets, and dangerously close to the best thing ever, by Time Off Magazine, Wagons has become a hugely popular act in their native Australia. Looking to America for much of its inspirations, the band has incorporated the sound of iconic figures like Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Hank Williams while also adding a hint of author Cormac McCarthey s trippy Western novels into their new album Rumble, Shake & Tumble.
Henry Wagons charming but slightly dangerous way with music has propelled Wagons on their tour across America, including a triumphant 2010 SXSW appearance, that has opened up the eyes of unsuspecting U.S. audiences. We play like every show is the headlining slot at Woodstock, he says after being called the figure every frontman with balls aspires to be. Wagons will be delivering their unique brand of dark country rock to the United States in all of its wild and sweaty glory, so get ready to Rumble, Shake & Tumble.