Wagons are one of those bands that are impossible to forget, leaving a deep and smile-inducing imprint on the brain. Led by the unique swagger of renaissance man Henry Wagons, they are a bunch of facial hair wielding tall timber, reminiscent of decades past; when bands gave their audience back bucket loads of charm and were always shrouded in a little enigmatic mystery. Unanimously lauded as one of one of Australia’s great live bands, they relentlessly provide a stomping floor fracturing show no matter which stage they take over.
Drawing on a broad-ranging swag of influences, a Wagons show is a high sensation roller coaster ride that ranges from the bluster of sweaty jumpsuit era Elvis, post karate kicks, to the somber, drunken malaise of Lee Hazelwood. They can touch on the tenderness of a recently heart-broken Roy Orbison while simultaneously embracing the menace of Nick Cave, bloody and embryonic after a Halloween séance performance.
The past few years have seen Wagons share stages around the world with Lucinda Williams, Justin Townes Earle, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Calexico, Bill Callahan, Will Oldham, Okkervil River, John Hiatt plus more, along with SXSW, Canadian Music Week and Americana showcases. The band has also graced festivals such as Big Day Out, Bumbershoot, Ottawa Bluesfest, Montreal Jazz, Vancouver Folk Festival, Laneway Festival, Bluesfest, Boogie, Falls Festival and loads more.
Wagons have just released their sixth studio album ‘Acid Rain & Sugar Cane’ produced by Mick Harvey (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, PJ Harvey) and mixed by Matt Linesch, famous for his work with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros records.
‘Acid Rain and Sugar Cane defies categorisation. It’s spontaneous, collaborative and unpredictable, combining elements of classic rock, bad boy boogie, gangsta country and prog rock – often in the one song. Its the realisation of the band’s vision of a glorious and badass Vegas production. The result is something for everyone. There’s melodrama, there’s menace and there’s mirth – in spades.
Take a few sips of your favourite cocktail, climb out of the hammock and follow Wagons on this new journey.
“An epic storm of Harvey atmosphere, classic rock chops and Wagons’ mighty vocal range.” – Rolling Stone (4 stars)
“This is an album that is simply a pleasure to listen to, from start to finish.” – FasterLouder (8/10)
“It’s sublime song-writing, and a surprising conclusion to an unforgettable trip.” – Stack Magazine (4.5 stars)
“With Acid Rain And Sugar Cane we’re gifted an absolutely stunning body of music.” – The Music (4.5 stars)