Already a beloved fixture in and around their hometown of Houston, Texas, pop/rock five-piece are ready to raise their profile beyond the American Southwest. Latest album “Citizens” is a delight from beginning to end, with The Wheel Workers maintaining their signature mix of socially conscious lyrics and memorable hooks.
Frontman Steven Higginbotham (guitar/vocals) is the straw that stirs the drink for The Wheel Workers, but he gets ample support from Allison McPhail (keyboards/vocals), Craig Wilkins (keyboard/guitar), Matthew Schwabenbauer (bass) and Tyson Sheth (drums). The five principals have terrific chemistry and seem to be having a ridiculous amount of fun playing music together.
“Citizens” gets off to a fast start with “Yodel” and personal favorite “Burglar.” After a minor hiccup with the middling “Whole Other World,” The Wheel Workers hit their stride with standouts “Wage Slaves,” “Run Away” and “Citizen Incorporated.” There’s no wasted effort on the eight-track, 33-minute platter and I look forward to hearing more from this up-and-coming outfit. (Jeffrey Sisk)