The Wheel Workers - 06.25.13

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The Wheel Workers - 06.25.13The following is a mini interview of generic questions that we posed to all bands that wanted to answer:

The Wheel Workers


Steven Higginbotham - Vocals, Guitar, Ukelele
Jason Williams - Bass Guitar
Craig Wilkins – Guitar, Keyboard
Allison Wilkins McPhail – Keyboard, Vocals, Theremin

1. How did you get your band name?

Took some peyote on a mountaintop and it was handed down to us on a sacred scroll from Baal. We're not really sure what it means.

2. How did this band get started?

Steven Higginbotham: Big Bang....then some other stuff....then came THE WHEEL WORKERS

Craig Wilkins: Steven wrote some songs and was like, "Hey Craig. You are a musical god to me. Want to be in my band?" I was like whatever and here we are.

3. What bands are you influenced by?

SH: Pixies, The Clash, Sonic Youth, Neil Young, Wye Oak, Beatles

CW: My favorite band is Beethoven. That band was ahead of its time.

4. If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why?

SH: The Flaming Lips. We got to play the same stage with them at a festival. They are super cool people and put on an awesome show. I think it would be a great ride.

CW: Pink Floyd. I think that answer probably speaks for itself.

5. Best food to eat on tour?

SH: Tofu scramble with salsa and hot coffee at 2am after a great show.

CW: Anything in a tortilla. Portable and gets the fucking job done.

6. Why should people listen to your band?

Any answer to that question is bound to sound arrogant. So.....because we will save your life.

7. If you could be any athlete, which athlete would you switch places with?

SH: Craig Wilkins - 2031 Holo-Tennis World Champion.

CW: David Beckham. I just want to look like David Beckham, that's all.

8. If you won a Grammy, who would you thank?

While giving people awards for music is a little strange in some ways, I do know that the Grammys supports artists in important ways. We'd thank all the usual people, and people from our label, and Dan Workman, our producer.

9. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?

SH: I would repeal the 1996 Telecommunications Act that help lead to the massive consolidation that put corporate monsters like Clear Channel in charge of commercial radio.

CW: Mastering engineers need to stop having a competition on who can compress the mixes the most. LET IT BREATHE, MAAAAAN.

10. Memorable tour experience?

Haven't done enough touring to really answer this.....yet. But that one time we played that one show in Austin was wonderful.

11. What does AP.net mean to you?

A mended broken heart.

12. What is your favorite song to play?

Fine Time.....or Rainbows. Especially with the video accompaniment in front of a conservative Texas crowd. Fun.

13. What is your vacation spot of choice?

Somewhere new with vegan restaurants.

14. What music reminds you of your childhood?

1980s new wave.

15. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Why?

CW: Immortality. I'm really thinking I could get some shit done with that.

SH: Ability to teleport to any time/place I want. I could see any show in history, stop evil doers, and win the lottery. And immortal youth. And super strength. And...

16. Any pre-show superstitions or rituals?

SH: Drinking hot tea.

CW: Hydroponics

17. What is something that most fans don't know about you?

CW: I'm really fucking good at tennis.

18. What is your assessment of the current state of radio? Do you think it's a place where your band could flourish?

SH: While there are certainly some really cool stations out there, I think far too much is dominated by a few large corporate chains that leads to a homogenized, boring, safe playlist that provides few opportunities for good original independent music.

On the other hand, the rise of streaming, internet, and satellite radio has diversified opportunities.

I think The Wheel Workers can appeal to a wide variety of listeners. We've had some success already, getting played on over 200 broadcast stations, along with many other outlets.

CW: Eh, I'm not sure. A lot of radio today is dominated with particular styles that we don't fit in. Perhaps we need a banjo, or a ridiculously self-indulgent front man. Who knows. I don't pretend to have my thumb anywhere near the pulse of popular America.

19. What do you like to do in your spare time?

SH: Reading books, watching good (or bad) horror/sci-fi, cooking.

CW: I like to cook and drink dark beers. I do it daily.

20. What kind of hidden talents do you have?

SH: Data entry. Hilarius interviewee.

CW: I got that one thing I can do with my tongue. Wait, is my mom going to read this?
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