The Wheel Workers Leak New Track Ahead of TourThe Wheel Workers. Photo: Courtesy of Artist
There are very few times when you see a band grinding away, making a schedule, and living up to that schedule, no matter how crazy it may be like Houston’s The Wheel Workers. Last year, after dropping a double LP on multiple formats, the five piece quickly returned with the lush and beautifully crafted EP Citizens. That would pretty much be enough for any other band out there, but for chief songwriter and band leader Steven Higginbotham, that was only the beginning. Aside from the album art that looked like something from the mind of Shepard Fairey, the band went with CD’s, limited edition and numbered vinyls, and a video for pretty much every song on the release. Of course, that’s when the crazy started up again as Higginbotham revealed to me that the band had already started to record the follow up to the release. When the crazed schedule finally caught up with the band, they graciously took FPH up on the offer to debut one of the songs from the as yet to be titled album due later this year.
The song, “Silly Boy” showcases the leanings of that Replacements meets “Vitalogy” or “Yield” era Pearl Jam energy that the band utilized on several of the songs from Citizens. A snappy pace that’s almost break neck, a catchy chorus with sing song and almost anthemic lyrics, the track is another win for a band that doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. As promotion for the kick off show for the band’s Summer tour; the song might be one of the more brawny things to come out of Houston in a good while. If you couple that with the fact that the band has the ability to produce songs with such weight, it makes one only ponder as to what they have in store for their latest album. The fourth from the band, and the third to be produced in collaboration with Dan Workman of SugarHill, it sounds like this next album could have a darker sound than those the band has previously released.
The song, found exclusively here, will be available as part of a revolutionary subscription service that the band is creating. Along with this song, your subscription will also grab you two previous releases from the band alongside all of the new music that the band creates; as well as free streaming from the Bandcamp app. The $30 yearly subscription is just another way that this band is proving that they’re pretty much ahead of the curve in everything they do. You can catch The Wheel Workers on Saturday May 28th at Walters. The tour kickoff show will also feature sets from My Education, A Sundae Drive, and Criminal Birds. The all ages show has doors at 8 pm and tickets between $7 and $10.