Massive Wagons @ the Cambridge Junction, 14/4/23

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Off the back of their cracking top 10 album Triggered, Massive Wagons are currently on a UK tour. On a blustery Friday they graced the Cambridge Junction with Virginmarys in support, who are a punk rock two piece hailing from Macclesfield. Despite only consisting of a drummer and a guitarist, they created quite the racket and whetted the appetite nicely. Their songs blended into one another a bit but their raucous rock got the crowd going, the drummer especially – he put on a fiery, Keith Moon like display on a rather small drum kit. 

The Lancastrian quintet burst on the stage, frontman Baz decked out in an eye catching neon pink jacket, and put on a lively show largely drawing from their latest record. With spot lights flashing and confetti canons bursting they barrelled through the sweary ‘Fuck The Haters’, and gave the crowd a singalong spelling lesson with ‘A.S.S.H.O.L.E’ – even if Baz momentarily forget what consonants were! They didn’t let up all evening, with Baz leaping and bounding around the stage like a man possessed. 

As well as the new stuff they played the fiery ‘Buck’ from their 2012 debut Fire It Up, and the anthemic ‘Hallescrewya’ off 2020s House of Noise. The most surprising inclusion were three covers played in defiance at attempts to pigeon hole them – the AOR classic ‘Your Love’ by The Outfield, ‘Creeping Death’ by Metallica and ‘Livin La Vida Loca’ by Ricky Martin. Probably the first time thrash legends Metallica have been followed by the latin pop star Ricky Martin! 

They were just as boisterous and full of fun as their big riffed rock n roll suggests and they got a rapturous reception from a packed Cambridge Junction. The encore was gratefully received and consisted of the pop punk earworm ‘Skateboard’, ‘Ratio’ and the crowd pleasing anthem ‘In It Together’. See these fellas live, you won’t regret it. 

8/10

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