In the dimly lit caverns of the American rock 'n' roll underground, where the echoes of garage rock legends resonate like distant thunder, The Woggles stand tall as cult heroes and seasoned purveyors of unbridled sonic rebellion. Their latest offering, the single "Mr. Last Chance" (b/w "The Will O' The Wisp'), released via Wicked Cool Records, emerges as a blazing testament to their enduring prowess.
Fronted by the enigmatic Professor Mighty Manfred, The Woggles are not just a band; they are a way of life. With over three decades under their belt, this garage rock institution shows no signs of slowing down. "The Professor" embodies the spirit of those obscure garage-band vocalists who, uncertain of another shot at recording, poured their souls into the first take. As NPR aptly puts it, he possesses "the power and tunefulness" that sets him apart.
The band's sonic landscape gallops fervently behind Manfred, featuring a new two-guitar attack with Graham Day and Shane Pringle, a dynamic duo that injects fresh energy into The Woggles' sonic arsenal. The result is a fusion of garage rock, surf music, rockabilly, and vintage R&B, a blend that connects solidly both on stage and in the studio.
The Woggles' rhythm section, comprised of bassist Buzz Hagstrom and drummer Dan Eletxro, serves as the unwavering backbone, anchoring the band's wild sonic explorations. Their longevity is not just a testament to their musical prowess but a commitment to a sense of purpose, an unwavering resolve to keep swimming in the ever-changing currents of rock and roll.
As they continue to draw inspiration from the diverse tributaries of rock and soul, The Woggles remain unapologetically raw and authentic. Alan Freed's words resonate as they seamlessly absorb the many streams of music, from early rock and roll to '60s garage rock, British Invasion, and '60s soul. The result is a sonic journey that is both timeless and contemporary.
In the words of Meredith Ochs from NPR All Songs Considered, witnessing a Woggles show is not just a musical experience; it's a life-changing event. With a legacy that includes sharing the stage with icons like Johnny Cash, Link Wray, and The Zombies, The Woggles continue to ride the river of rock and roll, leaving an indelible mark on those who dare to join them on the journey.
Tue. 10/10: Blind Bob's, Dayton OH
Wed. 10/11: Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland OH w/Southern Culture on the Skids
Thu. 10/12: Outer Limits Lounge, Detroit MI
Fri. 10/13: Green Bay UFO Museum Gift Shop and Records, Green Bay WI
Sat. 10/14: Reggie's Music Joint, Chicago IL w/ Snake Wine, Black Cat Heart Attack