Release Date: Aug 16, 2011
Record label: Spunk Records
Genre(s): Country, Alt-Country, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Country-Rock
WAGONS play the Horseshoe Tuesday (September 6). See listing. Rating: NNNN Wagons' poppy, soulful cow-punk is as clever as it is swaggerific. The Australian band shifts through genres - including psychedelic heavy rock - often enough to make you wonder if leader Henry Wagon has a personality disorder.
The Aussie group Wagons, lead by Henry Wagons, comes at us with roots in the deepest of Americana, despite the distance of their hometowns. In just about every song those influences are prevalent: a voice like Johnny Cash, a swing like Elvis Presley, and an insightful honesty like Hank Williams. Wagons’ accent from down under comes out occasionally, but then only when you’re listening for it.
Australian singer/songwriter/guitarist Henry Wagons leads his country-rock band Wagons with a sense of inspiration drawn from a combination of the 1950s rockabilly legends of Sun Records and the 1970s leaders of outlaw country. "Sometimes I listen to Elvis," he sings, "Sometimes I listen to Cash/Sometimes I listen to Waylon." The song in question, however, salutes Wagons' ultimate hero, Willie Nelson. Yet, observing the American country scene from Melbourne, Wagons has achieved an ironic as well as geographical distance.