Band’s socially conscious pop tunes earn praise for “Citizens” album as work continues on follow-up. New live dates announced.
The Wheel Workers (L-R): Craig Wilkins, Steven Higginbotham, Allison Wilkins McPhail, Jason Williams, Tyson Sheth. Photo Credit: Patrick Bertolino.
The Wheel Workers – In The Press
“Painfully catchy.” – MAGNET
“Houston’s brightest hope. Damn. Seriously righteous.” – BLURT
“Sincerely progressive and catchy as hell.” – Space City Rock
“Sociopolitical consciousness with a memorable hook.” – The Big Takeover
“New Wave synth stylings meet sharp lyrics.” – PopMatters
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The Wheel Workers – Live
09/18 Austin, TX @ Cheer Up Charlies
09/19 Houston, TX @ Yes Indeed! Music Festival
10/03 Houston, TX @ Khon’s
10/09 Victoria, TX @ Downtown Bar and Grill
10/17 Houston, TX @ East End Fest
10/23 Houston, TX @ Continental Club
11/13 Dallas, TX @ Prophet Bar
11/27 Houston, TX @ Walter’s
12/11 Fort Worth, TX @ Lola’s Saloon
Houston-based sociopolitical pop act, The Wheel Workers has released the music video for “Whole Other World,” the latest single from its critically praised 2015 album CITIZENS. The video comes on the heels of eight nominations for the band’s unique brand of sociopolitical pop songs at the recent Houston Press Music Awards. “Whole Other World” is a perfect example of the band’s special style.
“‘Whole Other World’ is one of the older songs on the record,” says the band’s leader and lyricist, Steven Higginbotham. “It was written ten years ago and reflects my frustration with how the Iraq War began and the media system that enabled it. The post 9/11 media landscape silenced dissent and allowed the Bush administration to confuse and scare the American people. The media’s role should have been to expose the lies, but instead they enabled them,” Higginbotham concludes.
The song’s lyrics go on to express the hope of seeing through the charade and “opening a whole other world.” The concept for the song’s music video, directed by Jerry Ochoa, won Higginbotham over instantly.
“He pitched an idea about a guy who is increasingly disillusioned with the world and decides to leave in a spaceship,” Higginbotham explains. “I loved his vision, and I couldn’t wait to put all those years of watching sci-fi shows to good use in pretending I knew how to operate my very own spaceship. I didn’t want the shoot to end, which is saying something considering all of the hours walking around in parking lots, swamps, and sand in the summer Texas heat!”
With all that’s going on for The Wheel Workers and CITIZENS, the band is already looking towards the future, and is back in the studio recording its next full-length.
“While the vinyl press cools off from printing album number three, we’re already in the studio working on number four,” says band member and producer, Dan Workman. “We’re all pretty amazed with the number of great songs and sounds we are collecting. I think that we’re hitting our stride!”
Members of The Wheel Workers are available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.
The Wheel Workers
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03. Whole Other World (VIDEO)
05. Wage Slaves
06. Run Away
08. Citizen Incorporated
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