Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Wagons works with a Red, White and Blue palette of rock ’n’ roll, country, cabaret, psychedelia and soul. Fronted by the wild-eyed Henry Wagons’ twisted fusion of Leon Russell’s laidback cool with fellow Aussie Nick Cave’s noir hipness, Wagons delivers their unruly sound with outlaw swagger. Their live shows are dynamic and unpredictable – frontman Henry Wagons’ banter walks the line between taunt and torment while the band swaps instruments and balances just on the edge of total and majestic chaos. Wagons made their Canadian debut in 2011 with Rumble, Shake and Tumble, released on Six Shooter Records.
Wagons accumulated praise and accolades in their native land. Time Off Magazine hailed the group as one of Australian music’s best-kept secret. They’ve also been called “dangerously close to the best thing ever”. The group’s last album The Rise and Fall of Goodtown earned the band Best Group and Best Album honors in the 2009 Age EG Awards, being named Local Band and Album of the Year by Rhythms Magazine and in the Mess and Noise’s Readers Poll, while Henry Wagons was also named as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Melbournians” by he Age Melbourne Magazine.
In 2010, after triumphant CMW and SXSW appearances, Henry Wagons embarked on a tour across America that opened up the eyes of unsuspecting North American audiences, which lead to American Songwriter’s hypothesization that if “the theoretical love child of the Doors and ZZ Top had inappropriate relations with the theoretical love child of Johnny Cash and The Bad Seeds,” the result would be Henry Wagons.