We had the chance to sit down with the awesome Baz from Massive Wagons while at Call of the Wild the other month for a quick chat about the band and their future plans! Check it out from below!
What’s it like finally being able to play Call of the Wild?
Yeah, it’s great! Big admiration for the organisers having to reschedule it two or three times because of Covid. Bands dropping out and suddenly you’re doing it a different weekend and a band can’t play on the same day or whatever but we’re here at last! We’ve played for Raz (the organiser) a few times over the years. Him asking us to do this is really cool, we’ve been looking forward to it.
And what brought on your pyro and bigger stageshow elements?
The thing is you play with so many great bands on this scene and your live show is kinda your bread and butter these days. We sorta hit a ceiling and you’ve just gotta think of ways to stand out. We’ve always reinvested money back into the band.
We started it at Steelhouse. We did a headline slot there on the Friday a few years ago and did a bit there. Every time we do a headline festival slot we always try to bring a show, you know? You’re a headliner for a reason, you’ve gotta bring it.
It’s coming along tonight, we brought our firework, a box of matches.
Are you working on new music?
Yeah, it’s recorded, it’ll be out this year (check out some of it below!). We recorded it a couple of months ago.
And then straight into touring?
Yeah! Well we’ve got quite a few festivals, we’re in Europe quite a lot this year. Same as normal really, it never really stops. We’ve got loads planned! As much as possible.
How is it different preparing for a gig supporting at an arena compared to your own show or a festival headline slot?
It’s a little bit different. Obviously we’re supporting so we’re not bringing our own big show. Headline shows are a lot different, it’s a lot longer for a start. I think we’re doing about half an hour [supporting Thunder]. it’s in an arena so we’ll need proper monitoring and stuff like that. It’s different preparation. The sound’s always different in an arena but it’s nice, I’m really looking forward to it!
We did a little run of dates with Lynyrd Skynyrd a few years ago in arena which was very cool!
Do you have any advice you could give smaller bands starting out?
A big one for us… we’ve been going since about 2010 I think. We never got any support to us for a long time and we were always a bit bitter and jaded about it. But I’d say to other bands don’t be in a rush, it’ll happen when it happens. It was better for us for it to happen later in our career because we got ourselves pretty good. You’re going on stage and you’re actually going to win fans over. You know what you’re doing.
Don’t feel bitter about other bands getting support slots and you’re not, your time will come. Don’t give up!