South-Metro music fans are in for a double-treat Monday November 19th when The Wrecks bring their Panic Vertigo Tour to The Garage in Burnsville. The Wrecks are one of the hottest young indie rock bands touring and riding along is Badflower, who is no ordinary opening act. This is an all all-ages show with doors at 6pm with the event ending at 10:00pm. New Jersey’s Deal Casino opens the show at 6:30pm. The Garage is an all-ages, alcohol-free music venue and recording studio operated by the nonprofit organization Twin Cities Catalyst Music. They have been supporting young local bands by providing them space to rehearse and play shows for area youth. Great to see the Wrecks chose to play The Garage again on this tour. Hurry, tickets are currently still available HERE
This will be the Wrecks fourth time playing in the Twin Cities as they supported Nothing But Thieves at the Fine Line in October 2016, headlined here at The Garage in December 2017, and supported New Politics at the Varsity in February 2018. They are described as a group making exuberant, melodic, emo, and punk-influenced pop/rock. That is a long way of saying I think you will like them. The band is Nick Anderson (vocals/guitar), Nick Schmidt (lead guitar), Westen Weiss (guitar), Aaron Kelley (bass), and Billy Nally (drums). They formed when Anderson, a New Yorker, and Kelley, a Wisconsinite, were working together on a project in California and were introduced to three New Jersey guys (Schmidt, Weiss, and Nally.) They now call Thousand Oaks, California home base. Influences include: The White Stripes, Jack White, Jet, The Strokes, The Killers, Cage the Elephant, The Vaccines, and Vampire Weekend. You will also hear resemblances to Weezer, Green Day, and The All-American Rejects in their songs. Anderson is a dynamic front man and they are known for putting on high-energy shows. Last one at The Garage was no exception except Anderson was fighting loss of voice so enlisted the audience to help out.
An interesting story about their debut EP is that they recorded it on a whim, alongside friend and engineer Andrew D’Angelo, when they were surprised with the news that a friend had been granted access to a studio for just a few days. With a total budget of $0, and only a week as a band under their belts, the group set out to record the best songs that they could in three days. After working ridiculous hours through the night, and to the next day whenever they could get in the studio, the three days were over and the EP was cut. Little did the band know, they were not even allowed to be in the studio that week. So through feelings of guilt and worry, they cleaned every bit of information of theirs from the studio computer, every crumb of Dominoes from the studio couch, and they were off with their entire EP on an hard drive in a backpack.
The homemade “We Are The Wrecks” EP was self-released in March 2016. After hundreds of spins on Sirius XM’s Alt Nation, and features on some of Spotify’s biggest rock playlists, the band signed to Another Century/Sony Music in December of 2016. Their debut single “Favorite Liar” broke the Top 40 on alternative radio, has over 6 million plays on Spotify, and spent almost a dozen weeks in the top 10 of Alt Nation’s Alt-18 Countdown. After signing their record deal, The Wrecks sought out to record a new EP in Los Angeles. Three weeks into recording, and after blowing almost the entire budget, the band decided the music was going in the wrong direction and threw the EP away. “I just felt that we had strayed too far from the core of the band’s sound,” says front man Nick Anderson. “It sounded like we were trying really hard to get on the radio or something, and I feel like that rarely gets you on the radio anyway.”
So after getting their label and management on board, The Wrecks decided to move into Anderson’s grandmother’s house in his small hometown (Wellsville, NY) to work on the new record in a barn studio (first homemade, and now in a barn) that their friend Patrick Barry owns. Co-produced again by Nick Anderson and Andrew D’Angelo, The Wrecks say their new EP “comes from a genuine place, and is something we’re all truly proud of. That EP is Panic Vertigo which was released in February 2018 and contains five great songs: “Figure This Out,” “James Dean,” “Way With Words,” “Panic Vertigo,” and “Revolution.” The one they say really gets the crowd going is the catchy “James Dean.” Catch the video here:
Badflower (with #1 hit “Ghost”) returns to the Twin Cities for their second show in nine nights after opening for A Perfect Circle on November 11th at the Armory in Minneapolis. This is your chance to them in the comforts of a much smaller venue. The band’s latest single “Ghost” has been shooting up the charts at Rock radio and just hit #1! The song has also been featured on prominent playlists at streaming services including Spotify’s Rock This and Apple Music’s A-list Rock. The band also recently made their late night television debut on The Late Late Show with James Corden to perform their hit single, watch it HERE.
Primal and passionate, Badflower front man Josh Katz transforms as he steps up to the microphone. The unmitigated kind of catharsis fueled by emotion and unfiltered intensity offers an awakening to the mind and body as audiences wholly experience the band’s palpable energy. This approach stands out as Badflower’s calling card as Josh [lead singer, guitarist], Joey Morrow [lead guitar, backing vocals], Alex Espiritu [bass] and Anthony Sonetti [drums] sync to captivate audiences. It is also a big reason why the group quietly became one of L.A.’s most buzzed-about Rock bands. Since their emergence in 2014, Badflower has shared stages with the likes of KONGOS and The Veronicas; earned acclaim from outlets such as OC Weekly and Loudwire; plus achieved a two-week run at No. 1 on KROQ’s Locals Only Show with “Heroin.” Wielding their signature energy, the music taps into a gritty and grunge-y gutter rock spirit complemented by jarring theatrical delivery and unshakable riffing. Following their TEMPER EP release Badflower became the first signing on a new joint venture with Big Machine Label Group President/CEO Scott Borchetta and fashion icon John Varvatos called Big Machine/John Varvatos Records.
Badflower’s much anticipated debut full-length album OK, I’M SICK will be released on February 22, 2019. “Ghost” was the first single from the album but it will also include “Heroin” from their previous EP. Check out the video for “x ANA x,” the second single from the album. It’s about Xanax if you didn’t pull the word together. Damn anxiety.
THE WRECKS’ PANIC VERTIGO TOUR DATES:
Nov 10 Sat Paris Theatre, Portland, OR
Nov 11 Sun El Corazon, Seattle, WA
Nov 13 Tue In The Venue, Salt Lake City, UT
Nov 14 Wed Marquis Theater, Denver, CO
Nov 15 Thu The Waiting Room, Omaha, NE
Nov 16 Fri Bottleneck, Lawrence, KS
Nov 17 Sat Delmar Hall, St Louis, MO
Nov 19 Mon The Garage, Burnsville
Nov 20 Tue Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL
Nov 21 Wed The Pyramid Scheme, Grand Rapids, MI
Nov 23 Fri Rec Room, Buffalo, NY
Nov 24 Sat Skullys, Columbus, OH
Nov 26 Mon The Sinclair, Boston, MA
Nov 27 Tue The Foundry, Philadelphia, PA
Nov 29 Thu Gramercy Theatre, New York, NY
Nov 30 Fri Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore, MD
Dec 1 Sat Asbury Lanes, Asbury Park, NJ
Dec 3 Mon The High Watt, Nashville, TN
Dec 4 Tue Purgatory, Atlanta, GA,
Dec 6 Thu The Vanguard, Tulsa, OK
Dec 7 Fri 2513, Dallas, TX
Dec 8 Sat Secret Group, Houston, TX
Dec 9 Sun Stubb’s JR, Austin, TX
Dec 15 Sat Troubadour (Doug Weston’s Troubadour Tavern), Los Angeles, CA
Dec 22 Sat The Rave/Eagles Club, Milwaukee, WI