Massive Wagons have told us to Prepare for the much-anticipated reissue of their timeless third album, Welcome To The World. Poised to thrill fans worldwide, the album was initially launched in April 2016, but the CD version has long been out of circulation.
The fresh rendition is ready for release on 19 January 2024, complete with reimagined artwork and an enticing addition of five bonus tracks, in addition to reworked original songs. Check out the comprehensive tracklist below.
“This is a special album for us,” Frontman Barry ‘Baz’ Mills said. “It really signified a change in fortune for us. We had found a studio we loved recording in, with great producers in Matt and Adam. We had found a form writing songs, and it was the album that brought us the most attention we’d had ’til that point.
“It feels like an album a lot of Wagons fans have held onto, kind of a hardcore fan album if you like, and we play a lot of the songs from it in the live set still.”
Massive Wagons play a very special one-off show on Saturday 9th March 2024, at the grade-two listed Parr Hall in Warrington, where the band will play Welcome To The World in full. This historic building once showcased The Rolling Stones, just two singles into their career, sixty years ago. Tickets for the Parr Hall show are available from here.
“We wrote this album fast, back in the non-stop club show days of 2015,” Guitarist Adam Thistlethwaite said. “In my opinion, that is what gave the songs that energy. Plus, we were becoming quite impatient and frustrated with all the crap that was being thrown at us at the time, which also lent some additional fire to proceedings. Welcome To The World found our ‘sound’. If we have one, it started there and then.”
The band has openly expressed their desire to make some adjustments over the years, and now, they’ve seized the opportunity to do just that!
“We wanted to re-release it with a purpose and absolutely did not want to just re-master it,” Baz says. “We wanted to pay it the proper attention it was due. The album was originally recorded from start to finish in about 12 days due to work and money constraints. At the time, we were happy with the finished product, but over the years, we have always said we wished we could have spent more time on certain songs.
“That’s why we re-visited Matt Elliss at Axis Studios, to look at everything we recorded at the time and just spend time listening to all the takes, parts, and sessions we put down to see what really was best for the songs.
“It was a lot of fun, and I truly believe these songs are now much more where we wanted them to be back in 2016. I’m so proud of this album, and I can’t wait to hear what you think of the reworked, remixed songs.”
The new version of Welcome To The World can be pre-ordered from here.
Massive Wagons are getting ready for the second leg of their UK headline tour, backing their irresistibly catchy latest album, Triggered! This record stormed into the UK official album chart at #6 upon its release, marking their second Top 10 album.
The tour commences on November 14th, so act quickly to secure one of the last remaining tickets available for purchase now.
Welcome To The World Track List:
Welcome To The World
Shit Sweat Death
The Day We Fell
Fee Fi Fo Fum
Sixteen (previously digital only)
Everybody Dies (previously digital only)
Additional Bonus Tracks CD Edition Only:
Aeroplane (acoustic version)
Fighting Jack (alternate solo version)
Mr Crowley (live cover from 2015)