Hometown: Thousand Oaks, CA
Latest Release: We Are The Wrecks EP, featuring the single “Favorite Liar.”
If You Like: All Time Low, Vampire Weekend, Night Riots
FYI: Band members Aaron Kelley and Nick Anderson met while interning at the same management company that now manages them.
For a rock band, The Wrecks don’t look particularly “cool.” We don’t mean that in a bad way, in fact, it’s something they’re rather proud of. When asked what they’d like fans to know about them, their answer is, “We don’t know what it means to be cool.” However, once they start playing, their self-described “honest, modern indie rock” is so catchy and full of energy it doesn’t matter what they look like, they might just end up becoming your new favorite band.
Imagine a group that combines the nerdy charm of Vampire Weekend, with the powerful hooks of The Killers and the rock n’ roll swagger of Jet, and maybe throw in a touch of pop punk for good measure, and you have an idea of The Wrecks unique sound. The band counts the aforementioned artists as influences, along with The Pixies, The Clash, and Justin Bieber, among others. Hooks, brains and rock, that’s The Wrecks’ musical formula for success.
Though band members Nick Anderson (lead vocals), Aaron Kelley (bass), Nick Schmidt (guitars / vocals), Westen Weiss (guitar / keyboards) and Billy Nally (drums) have played in various bands for years, they came together in 2016 under fluke circumstances. “We recorded our debut EP and single by sneaking into a recording studio less than a week after becoming a band,” says Anderson. When they heard a friend had keys to a professional recording studio they seized the opportunity and cranked out music over the course of three days, fueled by equal parts adrenalin and Red Bull. After finding out they weren’t even allowed to be there, they scrubbed the studio of all evidence, leaving no trace except the hard drive full of catchy, anthemic, melodic rock songs.
Since releasing their debut EP, We Are The Wrecks, the band has been, as they say, touring their asses off. The Wrecks will be on the road again starting in February, opening up for New Politics, through the spring, supporting The Maine, and up until the summer, including appearances at the Bunbury and BottleRock Napa Valley music festivals. Keep an eye out for them when they come through your town!
See The Wrecks live, check out their tour dates and find a show near you.