Wed, August 1, 2012
Doors: 8:30 PM / Show: 9:00 PM
This show is 21+, proper I.D. is required for admission
WAGONS are unanimously lauded as one of Australia’s great acts. Led by the rare charisma of frontman Henry Wagons they offer heavy doses of stomping outlaw country, irresistible crooning and classic pop.
In both the live forum and on record, the band draw upon an uncommon range of influences given the current musical climate, including jump suit era Elvis, Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, the grit between the floorboards at the Ole’ Opry, the spit in 70’s trumpet sections and Cormac MacCarthy’s psychedelic Westerns. Their live show is a performance like no other, treading a line between a Vegas 70s showroom extravaganza and a bunch of freshfaced undertakers letting loose at a rained sodden rock festival.
As vibrant as Wagons’ recorded work is, it’s their dynamic, unpredictable live shows that solidified their reputation as a band to remember. Henry feels that groups can’t just recreate their albums live and neglect the visual elements. At a Wagons show, he states, “You'll find a lot of energy, a lot of interaction and talk. We never leave anything behind. Small or large stage, we play like every show is the headlining slot at Woodstock.” While he believes Rumble, Shake & Tumble best captures the band’s live show, Henry asserts that “seeing us live completes the picture. I like to think that live we sound like the album, but with added spectacular benefits. All of the band are tall and big personalities, bursting off the stage. I think people can feel and see that.”
Having spent the last few years touring with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Justin Townes Earle, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zero’s, Calexico, Bill Callahan, Will Oldham, Okkervil River, John Hiatt, Jolie Holland and just recently completing a 16 date USA tour including SXSW showcases, it is safe to say that Wagons are road-hardened, formidable live band.
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“Lucky for us, Melbourne’s roughand-tumble rockers are bringing their gritty and twang-infused tunes stateside.” - PASTE MAGAZINE
“Evoking the likes of story-tellers like Nick Cave, Johnny Cash and Paul Westerberg on his best behavior, Henry Wagons is the real deal” - HITS DAILY DOUBLE LA
“Wagons ‘ poppy, soulful cow-punk is as clever as it is swagerrific” 4/5 STARS NOW ‘ALBUM OF WEEK’ TORONTO
“Henry wagons is like Dr Suess meets Conway Twitty, a great performer, a good man, and a bad driver!! Henry struts like a Tennessee walking horse on PCP.” - JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE
“A charismatic roots-rocking crew” GLOBE AND MAIL
Davidson Hart Kingsbery's music covers a lot of territory - from hell raising to heartbreaking. DHK are a rootsy band who have no problem chucking tradition and trying out a few new sounds.
DHK dialed in their sound during marathon sets at underground parties, supplying the music for crowds of unruly two-steppers. These experiences inspired a deep set list of original songs and a band that has the whole musical teamwork thing down cold. The tasteful lead guitar and tough rhythms leave plenty of room for the showstopping voice of frontman Hart Kingsbery.