Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Named one of Houston’s best pop acts, The Wheel Workers mixes social consciousness into its damn catchy songs.

 “It’s rare when the music is as impressive as the message,” says Powerpopaholic. “CITIZENS” album arrives May 26th.


The Wheel Workers (L-R): Jason Williams, Craig Wilkins, Tyson Sheth, Allison Wilkins McPhail, Steven Higginbotham. Photo Credit: Patrick Bertolino.



“Yodel” is the first single from the upcoming “CITIZENS” by The Wheel Workers.  Hear it via BLURT or at the links below!


“Houston's brightest hope. Damn. Seriously righteous.” – BLURT on The Wheel Workers

The Wheel Workers is a Houston-based five-piece recently nominated as Houston’s “Best Pop Act” in 2014’s Houston Press Music Awards. The band also received a nomination for Steven Higginbotham, the group’s lyricist, as “Best Songwriter” – an especially noteworthy accomplishment for a pop band.

“I love artists who’ve had something substantial to say beyond the standard lyrical fare in pop songs,” Higginbotham says.  The Houston Chronicle called The Wheel Workers’ previous release “one of the best albums made in Houston last year,” and now the band will follow it up with a new record CITIZENS, scheduled for release on May 26th , 2015.

When Higginbotham talks about substance in pop songs, he’s talking about the pairing of sociopolitical consciousness with a memorable hook. After all, there’s a reason that listeners are still moved by the catchiest folk and punk protest songs of Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, The Clash, and Bad Religion.

This approach to music-making by The Wheel Workers is the reason why the Houston Chronicle went on in that same piece to call the album a “thoughtful recording that offers new rewards during repeated playings.”  On CITIZENS, the band’s way of doing things has become masterful, with the album’s opener “Yodel” providing a vibrant example of the pairing of hook and substance.

Along with Higginbotham, The Wheel Workers is comprised of Allison Wilkins McPhail (a fellow Houston Press Music Awards nominee as “Best Keyboardist”), Craig Wilkins, Tyson Sheth, and Dan Workman

Members of The Wheel Workers are available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.


The Wheel Workers – Live

04/23 Houston, TX @ Rudyard’s
05/01 Houston, TX @ Summit
05/02 Austin, TX @ Pecan Street Festival
05/10 Houston, TX @ Pop Shop
05/22 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s CITIZENS Record Release Show
05/25 Austin, TX @ House Show w/ Czars
05/29 Beaumont, TX @ Texas Rose Saloon
06/13 Houston, TX @ Numbers
06/14 Houston, TX @ Beerfest
07/18 Bryan, TX @ Revolution
07/25 Houston, TX @ Rudyard’s
08/07 San Antonio, TX @ Josabi’s
08/14 Beaumont, TX @ Texas Rose Saloon


The Wheel Workers
(S/R – May 26th, 2015)

Track Listing:

01. Yodel (STREAM | DOWNLOAD | MP3)
02. Burglar
03. Whole Other World
04. Smokescreen
05. Wage Slaves
06. Run Away
07. Dream
08. Citizen Incorporated


The Wheel Workers Links


Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion

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