Leading the charge of new breakthrough British rock n’ roll bands, Massive Wagons announced themselves on the big stage this year with ‘Full Nelson’, a UK Top 20 album (and also the No.1 UK Rock Album)
Famed for playing shows the length and breadth of the country, and developing a hugely loyal grass roots following as a result, the band have also played all the major festivals including Download, Ramblin’ Man, Steelhouse and Planet Rockstock.
Fronted by the charismatic Baz Mills, the band has earned a reputation for anthemic, catchy songs with a lyrical edge that takes in everything from the perils of Facebook (‘China Plates’), the ignorance of casual racism (‘Billy Balloon Head’) and heartfelt tributes to their fallen heroes (breakthrough single ‘Back to the Stack’ is dedicated to Rick Parfitt of Status Quo). Singles taken from the album have been staple content on Planet Rock radio’s playlists, and have also been played on BBC Radio 2.
Massive Wagons courted controversy when a huge mural painting depicting the ‘Full Nelson’ cover art appeared on the side of a wall in the band’s hometown of Lancaster, and over 8000 people signed a petition to prevent its removal by the local council.
The council eventually relented, and the mural has now become a site of pilgrimage for fans who flock to the location and post pictures online of themselves posing with the imposing artwork.
The band have followed up their chart success by playing shows with acts like Status Quo, The Wildhearts and The Dead Daisies, and will shortly announce a series of headline festival dates for 2019.
With ‘Full Nelson’ hailed by Planet Rock Magazine as “powerfuly honest and fully convincing arrival”, the next few months will see Massive Wagons rise from cult heroes, to the mainstream status that their music deserves.