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The Wrecks at Saint Andrews, 3 Things To Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

Posted: Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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The Wrecks is introducing itself gradually to the music world.

The Los Angeles-based modern rock quintet has so far released a pair of EPs -- the introductory “We Are The Wrecks” during 2016 and this month’s “Panic Vertigo,” a five-song set co-produced by frontman Nick Anderson and featuring the first single “Way with Words.”

The release has the Wrecks back out on the road, and Anderson tells us there’s more new music on the horizon, too...

• The “Panic Vertigo” that the Wrecks released on Feb. 16 actually the second version of the album that the group recorded. “At first we went into a studio and recorded with a producer in Los Angeles,” Anderson, 22, reveals by phone. “We realized it wasn’t the right sound for the band but we’d blown through our whole budget, so we were at a crossroads -- ‘What do we do? We don’t want to put out this music.’ We ended up moving to my grandma’s house in Wellsville, N.Y, the small town I grew up in and drive 45 minutes every day to a barn my friend has a studio in and recorded everything again ourselves with the same team (Anderson and engineer Andrew D’Angelo) as the first time. It was fun to be able to do it the same way, and we’re really proud of the way it turned out.”

• Anderson says the first attempt at “Panic Vertigo” was “an attempt to be more radio friendly, which is what our label wanted, of course, but with indie rock music it sounds kind of corny. It was still punk but not in a fun way, not in a good way. It was weird but not in a cool weird way. We just went down a rabbit hole in the wrong direction. Our vision of the music was a bit ambiguous at the time, so we put our trust in a producer who didn’t’ understand what we wanted, either. But it did help us figure out what we wanted in the end.”

• After two EPs and a total of eight songs so far, Anderson promises that a full album is also on the way from the Wrecks. “We already have 30 songs for it,” he says. “We’re hoping to maybe whittle down the songs and start narrowing down what we want to record. You never know; With the EP a single could take off and you follow that and push those songs (back) awhile longer. But we’re certainly ready for new music whenever we want to pull that trigger. Whenever we feel it’s time we’ll be ready.”

If You Go

• New Politics, Dreamers and the Wrecks

• Tuesday, Feb. 20. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

• Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit.

• Tickets are $25.

• Call 313-961-8137 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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