The Wheel Workers
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The Wheel Workers

Houston, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | SELF

Houston, Texas, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2010
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Jun
24
The Wheel Workers @ Howlin' Wolf Den

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

May
28
The Wheel Workers @ Walters Downtown

Houston, Texas, United States

Houston, Texas, United States

Apr
13
The Wheel Workers @ Warehouse Live

Houston, Texas, United States

Houston, Texas, United States

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White Lies/All My Fault,” the new split single from Houston-based band The Wheel Workers—premiering exclusively at The A.V. Club—may be a pair of songs aimed straight at Donald Trump and the 2016 election, but musically and lyrically, it extends far beyond the political heat of the moment. - A.V. Club


“This Houston-based synth-pop outfit brings a Wes Anderson-inspired aesthetic to the video for a song about plain old heartbreak but also the heartbreak of having your house broken into.” - Texas Monthly


"...it's a true masterpiece." - Free Press Houston


"Painfully catchy" - Magnet Magazine


“Houston's brightest hope. Damn. Seriously righteous.” - Blurt


The Wheel Workers’s versatility is evident through their lyrical variety and unique blend of musical styles, and once you listen to their music, you’ll be hooked. - Green Label


“Sociopolitical consciousness with a memorable hook.” - The Big Takeover


They are simultaneously brilliant and down-to-earth, sincerely progressive and catchy as hell, that rare band that can incorporate thoughtful politics into music while keeping things fun and engaging...The Wheel Workers are freaking awesome, and [with Citizens] they’ve gone a very different direction from the path they marched down last time. And it’s good. Oh, is it good. - Space City Rock


On their third full-length album, Citizens .... is Higginbotham's best and most fully realized set of songs to date. - Houston Press


The Wheel Workers' "Past to Present" was one of the best albums made in Houston last year, the kind of dense and thoughtful recording that offers new rewards during repeated playings. - Houston Chronicle


There are plenty of good “protest message” albums out there but its rare when the music is as impressive as the message...a sound that invites comparisons to “OK Computer”era Radiohead and Midnight Oil. - PowerPopholic


Much like a certain kind of young person is said to have “an old soul,” so does the music of The Wheel Workers, a Houston-based band that has only been making music together since late 2010, but who sounds seasoned beyond their years. That’s not to say that the songs on Unite don’t sound fresh, but rather that the arrangements, vocals, and instrumentation feel worn-in and played just as they should. No false steps here. Take for example the opening track, “The MOP,” which begins with simple acoustic guitar strumming and builds to a swinging jazzy number complete with muted trumpets and handclaps. It’s the perfect introduction to an album that blends a variety of instruments, including a more prevalent use of keyboards in later songs, all to great effect. Or listen to the lush “Soft,” which highlights the complementary background vocals that permeate each track. Other songs on the record offer the vibe of a band that doesn’t have to try too hard to be good. Simple, beautiful melodies are more than enough here, and The Wheel Workers don’t need to reinvent anything to succeed in crafting an outstanding debut. - Performer Magazine


“They’ve managed to craft a dozen tracks that are thoughtful, warm, friendly, melodic, and addictive as all hell (it’s seriously impossible to not sing along to “Chemicals,” for one)….” - Space City Rock


“...I feel like this is the kind of music that could break through to people and get them to start asking questions, to start thinking about the choices they make in their lives.” - Free Press Houston


catchy indie rock with a progressive message - Powerpopaholic


Steven Higginbotham is a mixture of insane genius and prolific songwriter...poignant lyrics, the hook heavy structure, and the fully fleshed out tracks are all elements that made this album top notch from start to finish. - Free Press Houston


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“White Lies/All My Fault,” the new split single from Houston-based band The Wheel Workerspremiering exclusively at The A.V. Club—may be a pair of songs aimed straight at Donald Trump and the 2016 election, but musically and lyrically, it extends far beyond the political heat of the moment."

"Generations of artists seeking to voice dissatisfaction with the status quo laid out a heritage of sociopolitical consciousness, and when they supercharge those nuances with the ferocity of rock n’ roll, it usually comes across with sheer brilliance. The Wheel Workers’ new album, Citizens, is just that — brilliant." - SLUG

Houston-based five-piece band, The Wheel Workers, makes politically conscious pop songs with hooks in the tradition of the catchiest folk and punk protest songs of Woody GuthrieBob DylanThe Clash, and Bad Religion.

The group has previously been nominated as Houston’s “Best Pop Act” in the yearly Houston Press Music Awards, with the band's leader and lyricist, Steven Higginbotham receiving a nomination for himself as “Best Songwriter.” The Houston Chronicle called the debut album by The Wheel Workers “one of the best albums made in Houston" in the year of its release.

For a politically-minded pop band, the 2016 Presidential election has provided a lot of grist for the mill. As such, The Wheel Workers present the two-song single "White Lies" / "All My Fault" as a stinging indictment of the Republican candidate, and the culture that created him.

"I am horrified by the rise of what he represents," Higginbotham says. "To me, we are seeing the rise of a white nationalist movement into the mainstream. He represents a leap into the darkness of cult of personality politics that is antithetical to a democratic society. The fact that he stands a chance in this election is the most disturbing development in American politics in a very long time."

As for the new pair of tunes arriving just in time to vote, Higginbotham explains, "'White Lies' addresses the insecurities and ignorance of the white population that makes them especially vulnerable to the hateful appeal of the greatest liar in the history of American politics, and 'All My Fault' imagines him in first-person, as a Joker figure that is disgusted by a world that would take his vulgar, self-promoting candidacy seriously."

Of course, while both of these songs express significant anger and frustration, they're also catchy as can be, all the better to get the message across. It's this combination that has previously earned The Wheel Workers praise, and these new songs conjure an approximation of what Freedom of Choice-era Devo and Disintegration-era The Cure might sound like if either wrote overtly political tunes.

In addition to the release of the "White Lies" / "All My Fault"single, The Wheel Workers are continuing to write and record the follow-up to the band's critically acclaimed 2015 album CITIZENS, with an eye on a release in 2017.

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