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The Wrecks

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The Wrecks
OriginThousand Oaks, California
GenresAlternative rock, pop-punk
Years active2015–present
LabelsAnother Century, Big Noise Music Group
Associated actsNothing But Thieves, All Time Low
Websitewearethewrecks.com
MembersNick Anderson
Nick Schmidt
Aaron Kelley
Billy Nally
Past membersHarrison Nussbaum
Westen Weiss

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The Wrecks are an American alternative rock band based in Los Angeles, California. The band is currently made up of Nick Anderson, Nick "Schmizz" Schmidt, Aaron Kelley, and Billy Nally.[1] The group is best known for their single "Favorite Liar".[2]

History[edit]

Formation, first label signing, and We Are The Wrecks (2015-2017)[edit]

Nick Anderson met Aaron Kelley on Facebook around 2010 when he was fourteen-years-old.[3] Remaining friends through 2014, Kelley introduced Anderson to recording industry executive Richard Reines, of whom he was interning for at the time, and Anderson began writing music for the bands that Reines managed. In September 2014, Anderson and Kelley formed a pop-punk band, Coastbound, with three others.[4][5] The group released five-track EP Wasting Your Breath[6] and a mildly successful cover of The Weeknd's "The Hills".[7][8] Coastbound continued performing at local music festivals throughout 2015[9][10]; however, in September 2015, Aaron and Kelley announced their intentions to place the band on a hiatus to pursue a "new music endeavor with an indie rock project."[11] Sometime in October 2015, Anderson's new project released a song, "Get 'Em Ready," which features in Episode 5 of CBS's Limitless.[12][13][14]

In late 2015, Anderson and Kelley invited Billy Nally and Harrison Nussbaum to join their new project.[15] [16][17][18] Nally then enlisted Nick Schmidt, the two having attended school together in New Jersey.[19] The five had already been acquainted, their prior musical projects being managed by Reines and Anderson having written for the others' past projects.[20] Disregarding the spontaneity of the project, the three New Jersey residents drove to California to record music with Anderson and Kelley at the latter's request. All of the band members were in their early twenties and a majority hail from the east coast. Anderson is native to Upstate New York;[21] Schmidt and Nally grew up by the Jersey Shore;[22] founding member Nussbaum is also native to New Jersey;[23] and Kelley is native to Wisconsin, having attended UW-Stout.[24][25] None of the band members are originally from California.[26]

The Wrecks had formally begun in Thousand Oaks, California,[27] in mid-November 2015.[28] Through a friend's housekeeping engagement, Anderson gained access to a professional home studio, albeit without the owner's permission, and the group self-recorded three tracks for an extended play in just three days, with roommate, sound engineer, and Coastbound collaborator Andrew D'Angelo serving as co-producer.[29] The band performed at a series of small venues before self-releasing their debut EP, We Are The Wrecks, to the internet in April 2016. That summer and fall, the Wrecks opened for Nothing But Thieves. On December 22, 2016, the line-up signed with Another Century Records. Soon after, their debut single "Favorite Liar" received significant airplay and charted in the top forty on alternative radio.[30][31] The single obtained five million Spotify streams within a year of its release;[32] as of December 2020, the track boasted over twenty-five million streams.

Harrison Nussbaum played guitar in the original line-up from late 2015 to late 2016[33] until leaving the band, briefly making the Wrecks a four-piece. He was subsequently replaced by Pittsburgh native Westen Weiss in early 2017.[34][35]

Panic Vertigo, new label, and Infinitely Ordinary (2018-present)[edit]

After their record deal with Another Century Records, the Wrecks attempted to professionally record their sophomore EP in Los Angeles;[36] however, discontent with its sound, the band abandoned the project to start from scratch. Having depleted their budget, they continued to fund their endeavors by participating in medical studies[37] and working minimum wage jobs.[38] The band temporarily moved into Anderson's grandmother's home in rural Wellsville, New York[39] and finished their next EP, Panic Vertigo, at the barn studio of friend Patrick Barry. Throughout the process, D'Angelo continued to serve as the band's sound engineer and co-producer.[40] The recording process took one and a half years,[41] and much of it took place over the summer of 2017 during All Time Low's "Last Young Renegade Tour, of which the Wrecks opened for. Panic Vertigo was released on February 16, 2018. In mid-2018, the Wrecks made an appearance in Episode 6 of Hulu's series All Night performing their song "Favorite Liar".[42] During the fall of 2018, the Wrecks publicly endorsed Nerf,[43][44][45] even recording an original song using their products.[46] Throughout November 2018, the Wrecks performed new song "Rely" at several concerts; however, the song remains unreleased.[47][48]

On June 7, 2019, the Wrecks announced a new record deal with label Big Noise Music Group.[49] Weiss is depicted leaving midway through the announcement, implying his withdrawal from the band to pursue a career in producing,[50] once again making the Wrecks a four-piece ensemble. Weiss's departure was jokingly confirmed in August 2019 by a series of tweets from the band's Twitter account.[51][52][53] On June 10, 2019, the Wrecks announced a new single, "Figure This Out," gifting people who pre-ordered the song with an original hot sauce, Wrecktum Wrecker™.[54] The single was released on June 21, 2019[55] and spent twenty-three weeks in SiriusXMU's "Alt 18" chart.[56] In August 2019, Hoodie Allen's song "You Should Let Me Know" was released, with lyrics, production, and vocals contributed by Anderson,[57] and guitar supplied by Schmidt.[58][59] On March 25, 2020, the band's frontman Anderson was featured alongside Hoodie on an MTV Instagram livestream during which he teased the Wrecks' upcoming album.[60] During the same livestream, it was revealed that Anderson produced all of the song's on Hoodie's fifth album.

The Wrecks' debut album, Infinitely Ordinary, was released on May 1, 2020.[61] Infinitely Ordinary took roughly two years of refining, and unlike their previous EPs, the album features an array of producers and collaborators.[62] A track from the album, "We All Get Lonely" (featuring TOMI), appears on the NHL 21 soundtrack.[63][64] On November 13, 2020, coinciding with Good Boy Daisy's debut single "Grey," Anderson announced his partnership with the female rock duo as their producer.[65][66][67]

On December 18, 2020, the Wrecks released their third EP, Static.[68] Originally planning to release a deluxe album, it was ultimately decided by the Wrecks to split the project into two extended plays, Static being the first of the two.[69] The band revealed on their Twitter account that the second EP will be released in 2021.[70]

Touring[edit]

Since 2015, the Wrecks have been managed by Richard and Stefanie Reines of Drive-Thru Records and War Road Music.[71][72]

The Wrecks have toured with bands such as All Time Low, SWMRS, Waterparks, and the Struts.[73][74] Much of their participation with these bands fell under the Advanced Placement Tour in late-November 2017.[75] Additionally, the Wrecks have opened for Nothing But Thieves, New Politics, and Dreamers,[76] as well as Paramore and Dashboard Confessional on nationwide tours.[77]

After opening for All Time Low's "Last Young Renegade Tour",[78] the Wrecks embarked on their first headlining tour, the Robot Army Tour, in November 2017, alongside Mainland amongst other bands.[79][80] The Wrecks have also performed at music festivals like the 2018 Bunbury Music Festival[81] and at the 2018 Lollapalooza festival.[82][83] In November 2018, the band headlined their second tour, the Panic Vertigo Tour, alongside Badflower and Deal Casino.[84][85][86]

On account of the COVID-19 pandemic, the band had to abstain from in person performances in 2020, instead streaming exclusive live concerts throughout the fall. This included their "Live at the Shag Chateau" concerts in August,[87][88] and their "The Nightmare Before Wrecksmas" Halloween concerts in October,[89] both featuring Spencer Fort as an official touring member.[90][91] Additionally, the Wrecks participated in the Block by Blockwest virtual music festival hosted through sandbox video game Minecraft in the spring.[92][93][94][95] The COVID-19 pandemic also led to the postponing of the Driver Era Tour,[96] which the Wrecks were set to open for in 2020 and 2021.[97][98][99]

Artistry[edit]

In regards to their band name, Anderson has stated, "Someone just said it one day. Coming up with a band name sucks."[100] When asked about the robot that appears on promotional imagery and merchandise, Anderson said, "The We Are The Wrecks EP cover features a robot. His name is Otis. He's basically become the band mascot."[101] Additionally, he said, "The identity of the robot is currently a secret... [that will] unravel eventually."[102]

The Wrecks draw influence from the likes of the Pixies, the Strokes, Weezer, and Vampire Weekend.[103] The Killers and Cage the Elephant have also been cited.[104] Their music has also been described as "energetic"[105][106] and "eccentric",[107] as well as "alternative rock"[108] and "pop-punk".[109] In 2018, Ones to Watch referred to the band as "indie rock's best-kept secret."[110] It has been noted that the band engages and interacts with the audience during live performances.[111]

The band's lyrics are primarily written by Anderson and Schmidt.[112]

Band members[edit]

Current members

  • Nick Anderson – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboard, producing (2015–present)[113]
  • Nick "Schmizz" Schmidt – lead guitar, backing vocals (2015–present)[114]
  • Aaron Kelley – bass guitar (2015–present)[115]
  • Billy Nally – drums (2015–present)[116]

Past members

  • Harrison Nussbaum – rhythm guitar (2015-2016)[117][118]
  • Westen Weiss – rhythm guitar, keyboard (2017-2019)[119][120]

Touring members

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

List of albums
Title Album details
Infinitely Ordinary
  • Released: May 1, 2020
  • Label: Big Noise Music Group
  • Format: Digital download, CD, vinyl

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays
Title EP details
We Are The Wrecks
  • Released: April 29, 2016
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Digital download, CD
Panic Vertigo
  • Released: February 16, 2018
  • Label: Another Century Records
  • Formats: Digital download, CD, vinyl[123]
Static
  • Released: December 18, 2020
  • Label: Big Noise Music Group
  • Formats: Digital download

Live albums[edit]

List of live albums
Title Album details
Jam in the Van - The Wrecks (Live Session, Los Angeles, CA, 2016)
  • Released: September 16, 2016
  • Label: Jam in the Van
  • Formats: Digital download[124]

Singles[edit]

Song title Release date Album
"Get 'Em Ready" October 23, 2015 Limitless - Episode 5
"Favorite Liar" March 23, 2016 We Are The Wrecks
"Freaking Out"

"Freaking Out (Acoustic)"

June 21, 2019 Infinitely Ordinary

non-album B-side

"Fvck Somebody" December 6, 2019 Infinitely Ordinary
"Out Of Style" March 20, 2020
"Psycho Killer"
(Talking Heads cover)
October 30, 2020 non-album single

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, showing year released and directors
Title Year Director(s) Ref.
"Favorite Liar (Official Killer Robot Edition)" 2017 Caleb Spillyards [125]
"Favorite Liar" [126]
"Nerf Nightmare" 2018 The Wrecks [127]
"James Dean" Hunter Garrett [128]
"Fvck Somebody" 2020 Nick Anderson [129]
"Out of Style" Chris Grieder [130]

Filmography[edit]

Web[edit]

Year Title Service Role Notes
2018 All Night Hulu Band Episode: Sink or Swim[131]
2018-2019 Sugar Pine 7 YouTube Themselves

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