|February 13 2013 – Very few things are as exciting as finding something new you love. Much like
archaeologists that dig to find hidden treasures, we here at T-Mak World really enjoy trying to find new artists that we love. Once we find such bands, we approach our favourites to request interviews for our Emerging Artist Spotlight series. Today we set our focus on a musician from Australia named Henry Wagons.Everyone we talked to are asked similar questions to each other so we can get to know them better.
Here is what Wagons had to say to us:
1. Thanks for taking the time out to talk to us. Let’s start off with the obligatory introductions. Who’s in the band touring with you and what instrument does everyone rock?
Over the years I’ve played with a bunch of amazing vagabonds but I’m bringing some of the best with me on this tour. On this upcoming trip I’ll be playing a bunch of duets from my recent release. I will be bringing the talents of Kelly Day and Kirsty Tickle to join me on some of these twisted tunes. Also multi-instrumentalist and premier jouster Chris Altmann. I’ll be bringing up the rear…sweating up a storm, shedding hair everywhere.
2. How about your history, when did you get started and how did it happen?
My musical journey began when my current drummer, Mark Tuckerbag Dawson and I played a few outlaw country death songs in a dark and smelly heavy metal pub open mic night. Mark had dreadlocks at the time, which he has thankfully removed. Come to think of it, I think it was his dreads that smelled. The band has had a strange, but powerful momentum every since. Its been quite a ride.
3. Who are some of your musical influences?
Fat Elvis’ freshly collected scarf sweat, Roy Orbison’s dropped and broken glasses and Tom Jones’ freshly shaven chest hair clippings all thrown into a witches cauldron.
4. So based on the above how would you describe your music to someone that has never heard it?
A heady and accursed brew of cheeky and ominously twangy twisted songs. Plenty of blood, sweat and tears are left on stage once we are done. I always feel sorry for whoever has to use the microphone next.
5. Why should a music fan come and see your show instead of all the other choices available to them on any given night?
I’d have to hear about the other options available on the night. We’d definitely be better than almost everything, but please go to your Auntie’s show if she’s doing her first every poetry reading at a poetry slam.
6. What is your favorite single line of lyrics the band has written and why?
“Think I’ll pack it in and buy a pick up” Neil Young, On the Weekend
7. What does 2013 hold for you?
An In-N-Out burger as soon as hit LA!
8. Imagine that you were asked to be the opener for any band’s world tour (both current and historical). Which band and tour would be your dream opening gig.
Elvis live at Madison Square Garden.
9. What is the future of the music industry? With the concept of the album and physical CD’s facing extinction, how will we be consuming music in 10 years? Are the economics feasible for emerging artists?
The industry is in such flux its hard to say. I think so many people are taking music from ‘the air’, the idea of a physical copy of anything is dying. I love vinyl so much, but its so hard to fit in carry on baggage.
10. Where can people get your music/CD, is it being sold anywhere?
Its out on Thirty Tigers in the US and Six Shooter in Canada (digital only) and Spunk in Australia. All of those fine labels will be trying to shove my record in your face in their own beautiful, tasteful ways. When it crosses your horizon, snap it up. Its available in all the usual places…
11. At the end of 2012 we published our picks for top 10 albums of 2012. Lists like those are always a reflection of personal tastes so if you were making the list what are some albums you would you have had on it?
I especially loved Jack White’s Blunderbuss, Willie Nelson’s Heroes and Donny Benet’s Electric Love.
12. Any closing remarks for our readers?
I hope to see you all in person soon, provided we don’t clash with your Auntie’s poetry slam!
Thanks so much Henry. We hope that you can see him and his band live. They are playing at Toronto’s The Dakota Tavern on Thursday February 28th.
Henry Wangons’ website is here and as you would expect also on Twitter and Facebook. In the meantime check out the video below from YouTube.