Massive Wagons

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Massive Wagons
Origin Lancaster, England
Years active2009 (2009)–present
Casket Records, Off Yer Rocka, Earache Records
Associated acts
MembersBarry 'Baz' Mills, Adam Thistlethwaite, Stevie Holl, Adam 'Bowz' Bouskill, Alex 'Roy' Thistlewaite

Massive Wagons are a British rock band from Lancaster founded in 2009. [1] [2] [3]

Lancaster, Lancashire county town of Lancashire, England

Lancaster is the county town of Lancashire, England. It is on the River Lune and has a population of 52,234; the wider City of Lancaster local government district has a population of 138,375.

The band are currently signed to Nottingham-based independent record label Earache Records [4] (having inked their deal in October 2017) and in 2018 released their fourth studio album Full Nelson, [5] [6] in doing so securing a Top 20 album in the United Kingdom Official Albums Chart, officially landing at number 16. [7]

Earache Records is an independent record label, music publisher and management company founded by Digby Pearson, based in Nottingham, England with offices in London and New York. It helped to pioneer extreme metal by releasing early grindcore and death metal records between 1988 and 1994. The label roster has since diversified into more mainstream guitar music, working with bands such as Rival Sons, The Temperance Movement, Blackberry Smoke and The White Buffalo. The company also hosted the 'Earache Express' stage at Glastonbury Festival in 2017 and will be hosting 'The Earache Factory' at Boomtown Fair 2018.

The band caused controversy in their home town of Lancaster by erecting a large mural of their new album cover on the side of a pub wall. Initially condemned by the local council due to not having the relevant planning permissions, public outcry led to the council dramatically reversing their decision and allowing the art to stay. [8] [9]

Following the release of Full Nelson in the summer of 2018 the band went on to play at Download Festival [10] and also open for Status Quo at Kendal Rugby Club. [11]

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They cite their influences as being artists such as Status Quo, UFO, Rainbow and Slade amongst others. [12]

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Formed in 2009, the band remained nameless until their first gig was booked and they needed a name to perform under. Jokingly adopting the temporary moniker of 'Massive Wagons', the playful nickname of a local barmaid, the band eventually stuck with it and it remains to this day. [13]

The band's initial commercial release, entitled "Sniff The Riff", was self-released but by the time their debut LP Fire It Up came along in 2012 the band had signed to London-based independent label Casket Music. [14]

in 2013 the band entered a UK Battle of the Bands competition entitled 'Highway To Hell'. Having won the competition the band went on to sign a multi-album contract with Ibiza-based independent label 'Off Yer Rocka'. [15] Their second studio album, Fight The System, was released in 2014 on Off Yer Rocka and a live/rarities album, The Good The Bad And The Ugly, was released in late 2015.

Returning to the studio in April 2016, Massive Wagons recorded their third studio long player, Welcome To The World, which featured singles "Tokyo" and "Ratio". Welcome To The World saw the band's first chart success, entering the iTunes Top 100 charts in several territories. Later that year the band went on to support The Wildhearts on a national UK tour.

In 2017 the band released a charity single for the Teenage Cancer Trust entitled "Back To The Stack", notable as a tribute to Rick Parfitt of Status Quo. [16] Rick Parfitt Jnr, son of the late Rick Parfitt, has since publicly acknowledged his support of the track. [17]

Late 2017 saw the band's first line-up change, with Stephen Holl replacing Carl Cochrane on rhythm guitar.

In June of 2019, the band embarked on their first arena tour in the UK, as opening act for Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Last of the Street Survivors" farewell tour. The tour comprised four dates at major UK arenas: SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Manchester Arena, London's Wembley Arena, and Resorts World Arena Birmingham [18]

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