The Wrecks play a pop-punk infused modernized version of 70’s rock. That’s not the perfect way to describe them, but that’s our best attempt at doing so. The point is they’ve got a sound and a style all their own.
You can go through the story of the recording their first EP as a perfect example of how there’s nobody quite like The Wrecks. They didn’t have studio time, they snuck into some guy’s house while their friend was housesitting and recorded their first EP every night for a few days. They had to be done recording every night before the morning when a relative came to give the cat it’s diabetes medicine. And they had to be done recording the entire EP before the housesitting gig was up. It’s like 10% lame but lovable, and 90% awesome.
Recently, Alternative Addiction talked with two guys from The Wrecks, bassist Aaron Kelley and guitarist/keyboardist Weston Weiss. We talked with the guys about recording their first and second EPs and their recently announced upcoming Panic Vertigo Tour.
“I don’t think anybody knows where we recorded that actually,” said Weiss when asked if it was out there where the band actually recorded their first EP. “There wasn’t a name for the studio, it was just at someone’s house.”
“Any information about where that was recorded is probably on the downlow,” added Kelley. “That’s how you get sued. We can’t afford a lawsuit right now.”
Kelley elaborated on how the band’s first EP, simply titled We Are The Wrecks was recorded.
“Our friend, who I won’t name either, she was housesitting this guy’s house and she asked us to come over and record a cover with her. Nick went over, and he saw the studio. It was a whole separate building with a drum room and everything. Nick called us to come over and he asked our friend if we could have some studio time there to record. She said we were good to record throughout the night while she was housesitting. We recorded the full EP in four to five days. We only had from 8PM until whenever in the morning and then we had to get out. There was a relative that had to come in and give the cat it’s diabetes medicine and we had to be out by then.”
The band didn’t just cut it close getting out every morning, they cut it close with the finished recordings too. When the owner of the residence showed up, they almost forgot to grab their work and take it with them.
“I didn’t know this until kind of recently,” said Weiss, “but everything was on the computer and we left. When we got back to our house, it was like an ‘oh shit’ moment because we had nothing with us. Our sound guy had to sneak back in and get that stuff for us.”
That’s the story of recording their 2017 EP, but the release of their latest EP, the Panic Vertigo EP is a lot more laid back. The band got the studio time and had more than a few days to record it.“It was much more relaxed,” said The Wrecks guitarist Kelley. “We recorded it in a barn in western New York. It’s at our friend Pat Berry’s house. The whole upstairs of the barn, he transformed it into a little apartment/studio. It’s nice there. We worked there for a few months. There was a different vibe working there. There was a lot of hard work and a lot of late nights, but it was us recording at our friend’s house, so we didn’t have a week to record and that’s it. We were lucky in that regard so definitely a shout out to Pat Berry.”
Whatever the band did for both EPs, it seems to be working. Listen other EPs that have been released in 2018 and you’ll struggle to find one that’s better than The Wrecks’ Panic Vertigo EP. They’ve grown steadily this year and their next step up is a couple of big show announcements that just got pushed out this week. The first, the band will be playing with The Struts during their Body Talks Tour in November on the West Coast. They also announced the Panic vertigo Tour where they’ll be headlining U.S. dates with Badflower and Deal Casino in tow.
Weiss talked about their decision-making process and electing to do the headlining run:
“We’re wrapping up our first songs with our next project. We were trying to figure out what we were going to do during the fall; whether we wanted to do a support slot, whether we wanted to keep working, or what we wanted to do exactly. We decided to do a headline tour with Panic Vertigo, but we’ll be playing a few new songs from the new record on this tour too.”
If you get a chance to go to one of the shows you should check it out. The Wrecks have a blast on stage and as much as they like making music, they like performing it more.
“There’s a lot of energy. We’re jumping around like idiots all the time,” added Weiss. “I feel like that resonates with the crowd and then we feel that back. It’s like this compounding force that goes crazy.”
“We want people to come and find out,” chimed in Kelley.
The tour dates for The Wrecks are below, but next up for the band will be a release in 2019. The band’s still trying to figure out when and what they’ll be releasing, but there’s new music being worked on that should hopefully come out sooner rather than later.
Said Weiss: “If you ask us we want to put it out now. We’d love to get stuff out by the end of the year, but we’re still not sure what that’s looking like. For sure early next year there will be something out. We’re trying to figure out how we want to release it, when we want to release it, and figure out what we want to release because we have so much stuff. We’re in the process of figuring that all out now” – aa
PANIC VERTIGO TOUR w/ Badflower, Deal Casino
Nov 10 - Portland, OR @ Paris Theater
Nov 11 - Seattle, WA @ Corazon
Nov 13 - Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
Nov 14 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
Nov 15 - Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
Nov 16 - Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck
Nov 17 - St. Louis @ Delmar Hall
Nov 19 - Burnsville, MN @ The Garage *
Nov 20 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
Nov 21 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
Nov 23 - Buffalo, NY @ Rec Room
Nov 24 - Columbus, OH @ Skully's
Nov 26 - Boston, MA @ The Sinclair
Nov 27 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry *
Nov 29 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
Nov 30 - Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
Dec 1- Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes
Dec 3 - Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
Dec 4 - Atlanta, GA @ Purgatory
Dec 6 - Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard
Dec 7 - Dallas, TX @ 2513 *
Dec 8 - Houston, TX @ Secret Group *
Dec 9 - Austin, TX @ Stubb's Jr
* The Wrecks & Deal Casino only
BODY TALKS TOUR w/ The Struts, Thunderpussy
Nov 2 - Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
Nov 3 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues Anaheim
Nov 4 - Ventura, CA @ The Majestic Ventura Theater
Nov 6 - Napa, CA @ JaM Cellars Ballroom
Nov 8 - Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
Nov 9 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
UPCOMING FESTIVAL DATES
Oct 28 - Huntington Beach, CA @ Surf City Blitz