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Massive Wagons' Baz Mills talks: 'House of Noise', 'In It Together' and the band's career!

The Lancaster rock band has had an exciting career so far including releasing four albums, an 18 month tour across Europe, and playing at the Download Festival in 2018. Their highly anticipated 5th studio album 'House of Noise' is due for release on the 17th July 2020. These guys are so great for those who love artists that go back to the roots of good ol' rock! I had a chat with the wonderfully eccentric singer of the band, Barry 'Baz' Mills!

The Lancaster rock band has had an exciting career so far including releasing four albums, an 18 month tour across Europe, and playing at the Download Festival in 2018. Their highly anticipated 5th studio album 'House of Noise' is due for release on the 17th July 2020. These guys are so great for those who love artists that go back to the roots of good ol' rock! I had a chat with the wonderfully eccentric singer of the band, Barry 'Baz' Mills! I read that there is a comical backstory to how the band name was formed, would you be able to share the story?Baz: "Haha the old band name question aye! Well baring in mind it was a long time ago and we were a lot younger and never imagined we would ever play on some of the stages we have or the very least record and release music at a respectable level haha, cutting straight to the mustard, it’s a nickname for boobs. That’s it. Now you know ha." So, what can you tell me about your new album, ‘House of Noise’?Baz: "I know all bands say this right before the release of a new album, and I know it may sound like a cliche, but this really is the finest damn thing we have ever recorded, firstly I think our song writing has developed a lot over the last 2 years since Full Nelson was put out. Now we have Stephen our new guitar player on-board things have really shifted up a gear, he has a great imagination when it comes to writing music, we are really lucky to have both Adam and Stephen writing for us, both are stunning guitar players too. Another massive contributing factor is this is the first time we have had unlimited access to a world class studio and 2 world class producers in Colin Richardson and Chris Clancy, this album wouldn’t be half the album it is without those 2, they worked tirelessly on production and it shows. The album in style sits inbetween ‘Welcome to the World and ‘Full Nelson’, the hooks and melody of Nelson but the raw power of WTTW, we are buzzing about the release." What idea inspired your latest single ‘In It Together’ (great track by the way!)?Baz: "Thank you very much! The song is about the first time we met Ginger Wildheart, it’s about meeting someone who was a big part of the sound of your youth, someone who’s an icon, walking into a backstage room and shaking hands and looking them in the eye rather than from a far on stage, the song covers exactly how the conversation went, he’s always bigged us up and we really appreciate it. The chorus is really about the music industry as a whole, a lot of people see it as a competition, and I get that, we all want a leg up in the business, but at the end of the day without each other in this game there is no game. Since release it’s kinda become a bit of an anthem for the current pandemic, obviously the phrase ‘In It Together’ rings with a lot of people and that’s lovely, it’s really nice to know even if for a few mins it makes people smile or whatever, very cool." The video for ‘In It Together’ was shot in your hometown of Lancaster, why did you decide to go back to your roots for this song’s video? Baz: "Honestly? It was last minute like most things we do and it was available hahaha that’s it, easy to get too and free! Big big shout out to Kanteena in Lancaster, live music venue, ace people who really bailed us out! And to our hugely loyal fan base who travelled length and breadth of the country last minute to be in it with us, best fans ever!" With hopes that the Ramblin’ Man Fair goes ahead, what can fans expect from you?Baz: "It’s such a blow that so many live events have had to be cancelled this year, fingers crossed Rambling Man will still go ahead, the country needs it, it’s a brilliant festival and the lineup is outstanding! If we do get to play it, yeah songs from the new album, some older stuff, we need to get practicing first, we’ve not seen each other in weeks!" What has been your fondest memory from over your career?Baz: "There have been a few, I’d be lying if I said Download wasn’t probably top 2, I can absolutely remember every second of the build up before we went on, it was electric!! The shows at Ritz and Rock City with the Wildhearts were special, the Arena shows were just out of this world and headlining Steelhouse was a real moment. Being featured in Classic Rock mag was another big thing for us, played on Planet rock for the first time, I could bore you to death haha it’s why being is a band is ace I suppose." Can fans expect a tour from your new album?Baz: "Absolutely! It’s planned and ready to go, we just have to see how all this corona business turns out, if we can still go ahead with it, great venues and ace support, it’s like being in prison at the moment, we just want to get out melting faces again." Finally, is there anything else you’d like to add?Baz: "Thank you really, to our wonderful fan base who support us through thick and thin, thanks to everyone who has pre-ordered the new album, and thank you for this interview." Header photo by: Ami BarwellCheck out the track 'In It Together' from Massive Wagons' upcoming album below!To play this video, view this post from your live site.#massivewagons #inittogether #houseofnoise #rock #music #interview

I read that there is a comical backstory to how the band name was formed, would you be able to share the story?

Baz: "Haha the old band name question aye! Well baring in mind it was a long time ago and we were a lot younger and never imagined we would ever play on some of the stages we have or the very least record and release music at a respectable level haha, cutting straight to the mustard, it’s a nickname for boobs. That’s it. Now you know ha."

So, what can you tell me about your new album, ‘House of Noise’?

Baz: "I know all bands say this right before the release of a new album, and I know it may sound like a cliche, but this really is the finest damn thing we have ever recorded, firstly I think our song writing has developed a lot over the last 2 years since Full Nelson was put out. Now we have Stephen our new guitar player on-board things have really shifted up a gear, he has a great imagination when it comes to writing music, we are really lucky to have both Adam and Stephen writing for us, both are stunning guitar players too. Another massive contributing factor is this is the first time we have had unlimited access to a world class studio and 2 world class producers in Colin Richardson and Chris Clancy, this album wouldn’t be half the album it is without those 2, they worked tirelessly on production and it shows. The album in style sits inbetween ‘Welcome to the World and ‘Full Nelson’, the hooks and melody of Nelson but the raw power of WTTW, we are buzzing about the release."

What idea inspired your latest single ‘In It Together’ (great track by the way!)?

Baz: "Thank you very much! The song is about the first time we met Ginger Wildheart, it’s about meeting someone who was a big part of the sound of your youth, someone who’s an icon, walking into a backstage room and shaking hands and looking them in the eye rather than from a far on stage, the song covers exactly how the conversation went, he’s always bigged us up and we really appreciate it. The chorus is really about the music industry as a whole, a lot of people see it as a competition, and I get that, we all want a leg up in the business, but at the end of the day without each other in this game there is no game. Since release it’s kinda become a bit of an anthem for the current pandemic, obviously the phrase ‘In It Together’ rings with a lot of people and that’s lovely, it’s really nice to know even if for a few mins it makes people smile or whatever, very cool."


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The video for ‘In It Together’ was shot in your hometown of Lancaster, why did you decide to go back to your roots for this song’s video?

Baz: "Honestly? It was last minute like most things we do and it was available hahaha that’s it, easy to get too and free! Big big shout out to Kanteena in Lancaster, live music venue, ace people who really bailed us out! And to our hugely loyal fan base who travelled length and breadth of the country last minute to be in it with us, best fans ever!"

With hopes that the Ramblin’ Man Fair goes ahead, what can fans expect from you?

Baz: "It’s such a blow that so many live events have had to be cancelled this year, fingers crossed Rambling Man will still go ahead, the country needs it, it’s a brilliant festival and the lineup is outstanding! If we do get to play it, yeah songs from the new album, some older stuff, we need to get practicing first, we’ve not seen each other in weeks!"

What has been your fondest memory from over your career?

Baz: "There have been a few, I’d be lying if I said Download wasn’t probably top 2, I can absolutely remember every second of the build up before we went on, it was electric!! The shows at Ritz and Rock City with the Wildhearts were special, the Arena shows were just out of this world and headlining Steelhouse was a real moment. Being featured in Classic Rock mag was another big thing for us, played on Planet rock for the first time, I could bore you to death haha it’s why being is a band is ace I suppose."

Can fans expect a tour from your new album?

Baz: "Absolutely! It’s planned and ready to go, we just have to see how all this corona business turns out, if we can still go ahead with it, great venues and ace support, it’s like being in prison at the moment, we just want to get out melting faces again."

Finally, is there anything else you’d like to add?

Baz: "Thank you really, to our wonderful fan base who support us through thick and thin, thanks to everyone who has pre-ordered the new album, and thank you for this interview."

Header photo by: Ami Barwell

Check out the track 'In It Together' from Massive Wagons' upcoming album below!

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