Band: Massive Wagons

Venue: Trillians Rock Bar, Newcastle

Date: 22 August 2014



In 2013 we got our first taste of Massive Wagons at the S.O.S. Festival in Radcliffe.  That day Baz Mills and rest of the boys really put on one hell of a set of no-nonsense rock n' roll.  So when we found out the band were taking to the road to promote their new album ‘Fight The System’ and were playing Trillians, it was a no-brainer, and off we made to check out Carnforth's finest once more. 


After the local support it was finally time for Carnforth's finest to hit the stage, and with a very decent sized crowd in tonight, it was time to show Newcastle what real rock n' roll is all about.


The band hit the stage running with ‘Rising Tides’ taken from the new album and from there on in there was no turning back.  The boys showed the Newcastle crowd how Hard Rock is done, as Mills dominated the stage, while the Adam Thistlethwaite and Carl Cochrane threw out the monster licks, while the big-ass rhythm section of Alex Thistlethwaite (drums) and Adam Bouskill brought in heat.


The set continued with ‘One For Me’, again song from the new album and immediately the blistering Hard Rock just exploded out from the stage.  The band's own brand of no holds barred rock just kept on coming with the hell-raising rocker ‘Dirty Little Secrets’, which was firing from all cylinders from the off, with even a few head-banging along to this powerhouse rocker.


The band brought at touch of edgy hard rock to the mix with the excellent ‘Truth’, before rolling back to the bands debut album 'Fire It Up', for the Ronnie James tribute ‘Heavy Metal Man’.  Another track that was pure full on rock n' roll at its very best.


One of the best tracks off the album has to be ‘Black Witch’ and to hear it live will simply blow you away, once again the fists were raised and saluting the good time rock n' roll that flooded out across the room. 


It was back to 'Fire It Up' for the heads-down rocker ‘Hurricane Suzy’, which was where the band remind me of Jackyl, as they bring a touch of Southern groove to this one.  We just have to get Mills to learn how to play the chainsaw and we’ll have a new J. J. Dupree on our hands!


The title track of the new album ‘Fight The System’ was up next, a song the band had included in their set at S.O.S., so I already knew just how good this song was live and tonight, the band rocked it out in even bigger style.


The band did bring the tempo down a touch with the excellent ‘Look Around’, another newbie taken from the new album, this one really showed off Mills at his mellow and emotive best.  It also gave the rest of us a chance to catch our breath again before the set closer, the anthemic tones of ‘Red Dress’, (check out the video if you haven't already).  


But this wasn’t the last from the band, as the crown bayed for more and more we got, as the band rounded off a great night of high octane rock n' roll with two covers.  First up was a rip-snorting version of the Ike and Tina Turner classic ‘Nutbush City Limits’, before capping the night off perfectly with a storming version of ‘Jailhouse Rock’.


Now this is what I call the perfect way to kick-start a bank holiday weekend, and with the band still touring the UK with a few dates in October, I highly recommend you check out these guys, because Hard Rock this good deserves your support. 


Review by: Barry McMinn




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