Live review: Wiggle Wagons, Kill Your Mules



Wiggle Wagons w/ Kill Your Mules
Snug Harbor
Nov. 26, 2011

To a crowd dwindling to around 20, Wiggle Wagons stepped on stage at Snug Harbor on Nov. 26 with determination that meant we were in for a fantastic set. A set that wouldn't go unnoticed by those who were there, but would obviously be missed by many.

Although Bud was ridden by the sickness going around, he still held down his guitar skills with the fervor he normally exerts — a testament to the rumor that he is one of the best guitarists in the area. He tore up every breakdown and shredded for us as if he was at his best. As far as musicianship goes, it was one of the best Wiggle Wagons shows in awhile. They were all on-point. Chris tore up his drums and even Daniel was sober enough to remain on the ball with his setlist instead of bantering to the audience about his state of mind. This was something those that who have seen them before, at least at the Milestone, would not be privy to on a normal basis. Typically, by the time they go on, everyone is in a drunken, hootin', hollerin' mood and it becomes contagious to the attention of the band as well. And although the atmosphere was much calmer than a packed-out Wiggle Wagons show with everyone tipsy, their country-rock combo still radiated to all in the venue, causing glasses to tip back and feet to stomp to the beat.

In front of the sparkly backdrop on Snug's stage, Kill Your Mules hopped up next to change the vibe of the night. It is amazing how they manage to get the room in gear every time they hit the stage. They give it their all and grasp the attention of those around them every show. This three-piece fandango brings back a genre that died long ago — reminiscent of the B-52s — they rock the synthy guitar, hip-slamming drums and melodic breakdowns with vocals so funky and fun, it's hard not to get down. From high squeals to heavy thumps, the slightly growing audience moved their bodies in between trips to the bar, a party inspired by music.

Although the crowd was small, the music was large, which you can come to expect from these two acts. A strange hybrid bill of country and dance-rock, the tone was ever-changing throughout the night but worked because lovers of good music can appreciate talent in any genre and these two acts certainly have it.

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