Wig Wam – Non Stop Rock ‘N Roll (2010)

Wig Wam – Non Stop Rock ‘N Roll (2010, Frontiers Records)

  1. Do Ya Wanna Taste It
  2. Walls Come Down
  3. Wild One
  4. C’mon Everybody
  5. Man In The Moon
  6. Still I’m Burning
  7. All You Wanted
  8. Non Stop Rock ‘N Roll
  9. From Here
  10. Rocket Through My Heart
  11. Chasing Rainbows
  12. Gotta Get It On (bonus track for U.S. & European digipak)

Band Lineup:
Age Sten Nilsen – Vocals
Trond Holter – Guitar
Bernt Jansen – Bass
Oystein Andersen – Drums

Producer: Trond Holter

Country: Norway

Total Time = 44:31

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Norwegian hard rockers Wig Wam have come back after four years to release their new album of ’80s inspired party rock, NON STOP ROCK ‘N ROLL. Technically, this is the band’s 5th release but their 3rd studio album. Wig Wam debuted in 2004 with 667…THE NEIGHBOUR OF THE BEAST and an appearance in the 2005 Eurovision Song contest. Shortly after, the band re-released the debut with some bonus tracks as HARD TO BE  A ROCK ‘N ROLLER (2005) and even that has been re-named a couple of times depending on the region! I had heard about the band from various message boards and I took a chance on their second studio album, WIG WAMANIA! (2006). Add the Japanese exclusive live album, LIVE IN TOKYO (2007), and now this new album and we should be up to 5 records now…..get all that?

Wig Wam makes no excuses when it comes to making music, they are definitely and directly influenced by ’80s styled, MTV hyped and spandex tight Hard Rock/Sleaze/Glam. Think mid to late ’80s Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Poison and any other “hair” band you can think of with huge multi-tracked harmonies, party vocals and plenty of hooks that get you singing along. It’s as if the band entered a time machine, went back to 1986 and made this record, then came back. Mind you, I’m not complaining, this is the kind of music I grew up with in the ’80s but some rockers are going to find the cheese factor higher than the sleaze factor! Right off the bat, ‘Do Ya Wanna Taste It’ moves into a Poison groove with a Vinnie Vincent song title and Def Leppard harmonies…..get the picture? It’s a formula that works because ‘Do Ya Wanna Taste It’ sticks in your head and you start singing along by the second chorus.

‘Walls Come Down’ gets a little faster and harder while ‘Wild One’ is another party anthem that could have easily made FM radio back in the day. ‘C’mon Everybody’ gets heavier but retains that party feel but the chorus is a bit weak, this marks the first chink in the armor. It’s not that the song is bad, it’s pretty good actually, but you get the whole idea right away: Wig Wam is going to go back and forth between all out Hair Metal worship and dirty Hard Rock.

Thankfully the band throws out a curveball to break up the party a bit with the power ballad ‘Man In The Moon’ and the power AOR sound of ‘Still I’m Burning’ and ‘All You Wanted’. The ballad is solid but I was hoping the band would branch out a little after I heard some Journey-esque keyboards in ‘All You Wanted’ but, once the harmonies kick in at the chorus, it’s back to the same Hard Rock formula. The title track gets a little faster and heavier and ballad #2, ‘From Here’, does what it’s supposed to do by breaking up the party with it’s sincere songwriting and performance. Wig Wam is known for their party rock but their ballads are very well-crafted tunes, some of the best on the album! The beginning of ‘Rocket Through My Heart’ is purely influenced by Bon Jovi and it follows through with each verse, the chorus is more of the bombastic kind that’s been all over this album…..’Chasing Rainbows’ starts with a quick drum intro and moves into KISS territory circa 1976-78 until the chorus, which sounds completely familiar but I can’t place it. The bonus track for the first pressing in the U.S. & Europe is ‘Gotta Get It On’ and it’s really one of the weaker songs on the album.

Bottom Line:
So what have we learned here? Well, we know that Wig Wam is heavily influenced by Hard Rock’s mid-80s glory years and they do a good job creating good time party rock. We know that there are few different styles mixed in to break things up, especially the ballads, and we know that if you want to have a good time then this is the album for you. The real question is can you take listening to a lot of similar sounding party rock anthems for 10 out of 12 songs? If you’re like me, then you can easily listen to this album over and over. I’ve had this album since it was released and I still haven’t taken it out of my weekly playlist. Some fans of harder Rock/Metal might not like the overt Glam-ness of the album but it works extremely well. If you like the big hair bands of the ’80s, then this new Wig Wam record is definitely worth checking out.

Favorite Songs:
‘Do Ya Wanna Taste It’, ‘Walls Come Down’, ‘Wild One’, ‘Man In The Moon’, ‘Non Stop Rock ‘N Roll’, ‘Rocket Through My Heart’