Open the door to Henry Wagons’ first solo album and who knows what awaits you. Expecting Company? is a microcosmic look at the human condition shaped as a series of duets on familiar themes: desire, death and pestilence. As frontman extraordinaire to Six Shooter Records’ Aussie imports Wagons, Henry Wagons brings the same swagger, panache, and Elvis-sized charisma to Expecting Company? with a twist: the album features an international list of stellar guests, including Alison Mosshart (The Kills, The Dead Weather) and Six Shooter’s own Jenn Grant.
The songs were written after coming home, sick, injured, “delirious with a bad fever and maimed due to a light bulb exploding in my hand,” Henry says. Resisting the urge to recover in bed, Henry harnessed “the twisted voices” in his head and wrote these songs instead. “They came from a different place, so they required some different voices,” he explains. “Having multiple voices in a song holds a certain power. They can represent a unique synergy and oneness, or have a certain schizophrenia or oppositional battle.”
See Henry and Jenn perform “Give Things A Chance To Mend,” live:
Expecting Company? also includes a surprising reprise of the final track, “Marylou Two,” from Wagons’ Rumble, Shake and Tumble, released by Six Shooter Records in 2011. Here, in the final moments of Expecting Company?, Henry finds himself “back at home, all alone.”
Six Shooter Records welcomes Expecting Company? on January 22, 2013.
We’ll be in Nashville, too, toasting the new Deep Dark Woods‘ release with tequila shots all over town (I’m actually going to be drinking corn syrup from a tequila bottle, ‘cause I’m a lightweight but I still want to paaaartaaay). Not only will we be soaking up Deep Dark Woods-related goodness, we’ll also be cheersing with our Ozzy buddy Henry Wagons, who will be performing a couple of times during Americana Music week, representing his excellent band, Wagons (hence the name).
Check tour dates for his Nashville appearance. Plus, if any of you are going to be in Nashville this week, then please stop by our booth at Exhibit Hall TODAY between 2 and 5 pm, where we will serve you a smuggled in cocktail and prime you with new music and awesome new posters.
September 6, 2011 · Posted in: NEWS
Melbourne’s Wagons rumble, shake and tumble into Canada with the Canadian debut of their new album, Rumble, Shake and Tumble, out now on Six Shooter Records! The album got a rave review from Now Magazine (Disc of the Week, bro), who had the guts to use the word “swaggerific” in this entirely agreeable summary: “Wagons’ poppy, soulful cow-punk is as clever as it is swaggerific. NNNN.”
You can also read an entertaining Q&A with frontman Henry Wagons in the Globe and Mail (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/music/). This article in the Globe was entirely massive, both in girth and in deserved praise. We are pretty damn happy to be on the Wagon right about now! Torontonians can see what the fuss is about TONIGHT at the Horseshoe Tavern for a free show at 11 pm. Ottawa peeps can catch them at Zaphod’s tomorrow night. They then head down south for more shows, and probably won’t be back in these parts until next summer. So catch them now!
ANOTHER CONTEST ALERT:
“I Blew It”, a song from the new Wagons record, is a classic tale of break-up woe (not a classic tale about my nose, although both induce sniffles). To win the Welcome Wagons prize pack, send us your best break-up story about mistakes, regrets, dramas and anything else you did that made you think “I Blew It.” One lucky winner’s heartache and misfortune will be rewarded with the prize pack that includes a copy of Rumble, Shake and Tumble and… a pair of Blundstone boots! Holy moly! You can stomp your regrets into a pile of autumnal leaves with those suckers! Hopefully you don’t depress the pants off of us too badly!
Enter to win at email@example.com. Deadline to enter: September 6. That’s today.
The title Rumble, Shake and Tumble effectively captures Wagons‘ rowdy roots-rock style, a Red, White and Blue palette of rock ‘n’ roll, country, cabaret, psychedelia and soul. That’s the Australian Red, White, and Blue of course!
Rumble, Shake and Tumble, out August 16, bursts forth with massive open chord riffing in the Tom Petty-ish “Downlow.” The swampy stompy of “I Blew It” then gives way to the dark country epic “Love is Burning” (better get that checked out fellas, pretty sure your love ain’t supposed to burn). Wagons’ gentler side shines in the cuss-laced-yet-tender “Moon Into Sun” and heartbreaking ballad “My Daydreams,” which settles somewhere between Neil Young and Roy Orbison, and still rules even though it isn’t quite as cuss-laced (I have to admit, I love a good cuss lacin’). There’s a special place in Six Shooter’s heart for second to last track “Life’s Too Short” – a feel better ditty that sums it all up while steering clear of self-help terrain. Inspired by American icons old and new, and bearing Cormac McCarthy’s harrowing Western gothic fingerprint, the record holds unexpected twists, turns and moods, punctuated throughout by Henry Wagons’ grunts and snarls (and sangin’ of course!).
And don’t miss out on their Canadian tour dates:
VANCOUVER, BC: Railway Club, September 4
TORONTO, ON: Horseshoe Tavern, September 6
OTTAWA, ON: Zaphod’s, September 7
More hot fun for Six Shooter Records this summertime, with new additions to the roster from here, there and even other hemispheres. Rolling in from Melbourne, Australia is Wagons, a band with a wild-eyed, audience-taunting frontman (ie. a regular Australian), Henry Wagons, and an instrument-swapping set of musicians who keep the shows just on this side of sanity. Wagons blew everyone away at CMW + SXSW (their first full-band appearance at both festivals), and Six Shooter signed up to release their brand new record, Rumble, Shake and Tumble on August 16, 2011. We are told that this disc will spin in the opposite direction from our other releases, due to it’s other-hemispherocity. Wagons’ full back catalogue will also be available from Six Shooter in digital form. A simultaneous US release of the album will drop via Thirty Tigers (the label, not some Vegas show involving 30 tigers).