by The Wiggins



From 2010's WALK 7" on needless records.. You can still get it here:

a review from STILL SINGLE
Haven’t heard from this Houston-area songwriter since his last single on Dull Knife, and from the sound of things, he’s right back into the groove: twangy, abrasive Texan guitar ballads, laid against the cold steel of a drum machine and a dutiful reverb tank. A year or so out from the debut, these songs might not seem as special in the wake of all the similar projects that have fallen out of this side of the mailorder club/T-Bro underground, but John Read is a strong enough songwriter and stylist to point these tracks towards Hasil Adkins or Charlie Feathers rather than Woven Bones or Dum Dum Girls. And for now, that’ll do. This copy right here is the limited edition, on blue vinyl and with a full-color, two-sided foldout poster and a pocket sleeve. (www.needlessrecords.com)
(Doug Mosurock)
7" blog
Got a new one in from Needless Records, this single from The Wiggins, which includes a giant color 14x14 poster of a waterworld apocolypse scene with a punk rock aquaman fighting some nasty huge carp, and if that wasn't enough, on the reverse is a crayon backyard wrestling scene being shot with camcorders. Some weird unsettling child/adult imagery going on for this scuzzy, distorted slow surf rock sound on blue vinyl.

The Wiggins is basically Jon Read, who definitely created the cartoony hell world poster inside and from what I'm picking up puts this project together solo, The A-side, "Walk" comes in with a seriously damaged drum track, buried under crackles with the bass punched up, a simple guitar line creates another layer of this faster Suicide sound. A chugging away, slow tempo machine beat with bratty vocals if you could imagine Sarim from Liquor Store going dirty surf Ty Segall. I'm getting the feeling this volume is an important part of the process...that little melody doesn't need anything else, just turn it up. It's recorded just as loud, the amps breaking the sound as much as whatever mangled effects are already running into the mix. There's no end to this dirty garage sound going around, plenty of room on the bus still for another 2 minute pickup.
The B-Side, "Sick" (the titles are as direct as the tracks, get to the business, I don't want to read, I want to rock), even gets semi-acoustic on this one, big echo trap on the vocals again, and this sludgy track somehow is catchier than the other side. Is there a post surf garage rock? There's a weird blacklight vibe to this and who doesn't want that unpolished Wavves (first album) punk sound with a little less weed references. A bluesy south of the Mason-Dixon Psychedelic Horseshit that turns into a front porch singalong at drunk speed. Normally I would think it can be a mistake to take that surf sound so slow, but it's not even an issue getting this laid back.


released March 17, 2010



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The Wiggins Houston, Texas

Jon Read is an artist and a musician. With his band, the Wiggins, he makes the kind of music that they’ll play on oldies stations fifty years from now after the plug gets pulled, the blood gets spilled, the power returns, and people get back to partying like they party right now. The Wiggins’ music is a loud, hissing mix of idiosyncratic garage and punk, and Blues..

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