WHO ARE ‘THE WRECKS’?
On Saturday October 29th I attended the concert of Alt Rock band The Wrecks. The band consists of front man Nick Anderson, bassist Aaron Kelley, drummer Billy Nally, & guitarist Nick “Schmizz” Schmidt. Following the release of their first single “Favorite Liar” in 2017, they released their first EP We Are The Wrecks the same year, the Panic Vertigo EP in 2018, the Static EP in 2020. The band released their first full length album Infinitely Ordinary in 2020, and their sophomore album Sonder in 2022.
“Favorite Liar” was released on February 10th, 2017; and has continued to quickly gain success since then. This song has been streamed over 44 million times on Spotify since its release. The Wrecks fit in both the Alternative and Indie category with songs like “Fvck Somebody”, “Freaking Out”, and “Sonder”.
THE WRECKS: BALTIMORE
On October 29th the group made their way to Rams Head Live in Baltimore, Maryland. Making this the 14th stop on their Back & Better Than Ever Tour Part 2. They were accompanied by opening act Arlie, another Alt/Indie band. The Wrecks arrived on stage shortly before 10 pm opening with “Out of Style” from Infinitely Ordinary.
The show marched on with more fast-paced songs like “James Dean”, “Feels So Nice”, and their newest song “Things You Make Me Do”. Anderson took a few minutes to talk to the crowd about the Halloween costumes they showed up in including, The Pope, Mermaid Man & Barnacle Boy, and a young fan dressed up as drummer, Billy Nally.
Later in the show the band performed a cover of Talking Heads, “Psycho Killer” where Anderson asked that everyone in Halloween costumes to gather in the middle of the crowd and dance. They wrapped up the setlist with “Infinitely Ordinary” before running off stage only to return minutes later for an encore.
The band came out for two more songs, starting off a bit slower with “Where Are You Now?” and finishing it off with their most famous song “Favorite Liar”. The Wrecks were not about to leave the stage quietly. About halfway through “Favorite Liar” Anderson asked the crowd to make an aisle and he climbed over the barricade and proceeded to stand in the middle of the crowd and sing. As someone who was standing mere inches from Anderson during this moment, it was definitely one to remember.
what sets them apart
This night wasn’t always smooth sailing, in fact it got off to a bit of a chaotic start. A friend of mine realized she purchased the wrong ticket for the show. I reached out to all of the band members on Instagram and explained our situation, hoping by some kind of miracle they may be able to get us in. Within minutes Aaron Kelley messaged me back and helped get our friend the right ticket. I have honestly never come across a band that cares more about their fans. They truly treat their fans like friends.
I have been a fan of The Wrecks for the last 5 years. I love being able to introduce my friends to their music and bringing them along for shows as well. This band puts on a truly wonderful show with great fan interaction and high energy the entire time. Safety and comfortability of their fans is obviously number one priority for this band, and I have never once felt unsafe at a show. Go check them out while they’re still on the road? Check to see if they’re hitting a city near you.