Wreckage - Sound In The Signals Interview

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I recently had the opportunity to interview Wreckage. We discussed their new album ‘Our Time’, songwriting, designing artwork, the importance of having physical releases, live performances, and more. Check it out below. 

First, thanks for the interview.

Thank you for having me!

You released ‘Our Time’ at the start of the year. Have you been pleased with the response it’s received so far?

We have been more than pleased with the response. It has certainly gotten a lot more exposure than we expected, and the response to it has been overwhelmingly positive. We knew these songs were bangers, and we’re glad a lot of other people do also.

I really like “Days On Hold”. Can you tell me about writing that song specifically?

That song is definitely the most melodic we’ve gone, and I wasn't expecting it to go that direction at first. I initially just wanted a more mid tempo track because the rest of the record is super high energy and loaded with fast parts, but when I said mid tempo I was really expecting it to be a bit heavier. Matt and Dakota came back with something more melodic and we were rocking with it. It was also the last song that was written for the record, and also the last song that was recorded, so we took a while to figure out how to really flesh it out. Our guitarist Matt and I spent a long time trying different vocal deliveries and patterns, but nothing was really hitting. I think a couple days after Matt and our other guitarist Danny went back to it and some magic happened in there. They hit a scratch track that essentially had the same flow as the final product. I went back in like the next week and finished it up.

I really like the artwork and the colors you used. Who took that photo and what made you decide to use that orange and green color scheme?

The original photo was taken by Cody Ganzer who is a dope photographer from New York. It was taken at a show at the Wamleg in CT with One Step Closer last year and it is easily my favorite live shot to date. The album art was done by our dear friend and Scheme Records Executive Kyle Niland, who was just sort of messing around with different ideas at first. He sent us an idea with a live shot of a different band with a cool colorful gradient logo and we were pretty married to that concept. I sent that photo to Kyle with the idea of recreating that concept, but he could make that work and came back with a bunch of different ideas. We narrowed it down to a few ideas that all had that similar style, and what's on the record now is what made the final cut.

You worked with Scheme Records and they released vinyl for the album. How important is having physical media like vinyl and cassettes to your band?

I personally feel that it's very important to have physical releases of your music mostly for the preservation of music. We live in a time where most people stream music online and it can easily be lost due to some freak occurrence, or maybe you can’t access it because you don’t have a subscription, something of that nature. If you have it physically on a record, CD, or a tape it's there forever. Also, there’s a lot of thought and energy put into producing a record from the song layout, to the art, to the physical layout and having that is much more impactful for both the band and the listener. Also, having a physical record is maybe just the coolest thing you can do as a band.

Have you been working on any new songs? Is there any chance that we’ll hear any more new music this year? If so, what can you tell us so far?

There probably won’t be any new music this year… but probably next year… We’ve been discussing what the next move should be and we haven’t really decided if it will be a shorter EP, a full LP, or what. But no, we haven't been actively writing since the record dropped. There's ideas but nothing fleshed out yet.

I recently watched your performance at Terminal West that Feet First Production shot. What’s it like when you’re playing a show knowing one of these well-known videographers is going to be recording the show? Is it more stressful or more fun?


To be honest, it doesn’t make much of a difference in the moment. It’s sort of a given that there’s going to be people like Feet First or Hate5six at fests, and there is always a possibility of them at any show really. I think all of us just play as if no one was filming or like it was any old show.

Thanks for taking the time to answer the questions. Do you have anything else that you would like to add?

Thanks for having us! Shout out CTHC, shout out Kidnapped, Almighty Watching, Balmora, and Ultimatum.

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