Last Saturday I had a really fun chat with Nick Anderson (@WRXNickA, pictured right) and Nick Schmidt, AKA “Schmiz” (pictured left) of The Wrecks before their show with All Time Low on the Last Young Renegades Tour in Kansas City, MO. Besides discussing which ocean is better and talking with a fan who approached us on the street, we also talked about the creative process behind the We Are The Wrecks EP, as well as how their first big tour is going.
MEB: What was it like coming up in Los Angeles, an area highly saturated with musicians such as yourselves?
Nick Anderson: We actually moved there to start the band- none of us are actually from LA- so we didn’t really dive into the scene, we danced around it in a way. When we first started we were trying to get any show that we could get, whether it be at someone’s house or a venue that we’d get paid to play the show, it was just anything that we could get. We were like on Tinder trying to get people to come to our shows. Whatever we could do to get people to listen to our music, we’d do it! After of couple months of doing that, the boys in Nothing But Thieves let us open for them at the Troubadour, and after we opened for them they asked us to come play on their first US tour. We didn’t have a van, enough gear, or anything so we said “yes” and then went into panic mode after that. We’ve pretty much been touring since then. So we never really took the time to build a big fanbase in LA or anything, but we do have a lot of friends who come out to our shows.
Schmiz: In fact, the “homiest” city I think we’ll ever play in is Phoenix. That’s the first place we ever played shows in general.
As a fairly new band, what was it like writing, recording, and releasing your debut EP, We Are The Wrecks?
NA: It was sudden, it was mischievous, and it was quick because we kind of snuck into a studio to do it. It was great! It was a learning process, and we’re lucky enough to do it again for the next EP that we’re gonna be rolling out by the end of summer hopefully. We love it, we love putting all the pressure on ourselves.
Schmiz: It’s like a big ball of stress, you know?
NA: I think if you’re not panicking all the time, you’re not putting enough work into it.
Personally, I find all 3 songs on the EP equally impressive, but what made you guys choose “Favorite Liars” as your first single to show to the world?
NA: I think it encompassed what we already knew we wanted our sound to go toward after, and it felt the most- well I liked it the most lyrically and I think we all liked it the most musically- it just felt good, it felt right.
Schmiz: I feel like it’s easily likable by other people.
NA: Yeah, we almost put out “I Don’t Like You” as the first single, and then once we actually finished mixing everything, I felt like it ended up being the worst mix. When we first put out “Favorite Liar”, it made me think about the next single we were gonna put out and how we were gonna push that, but we still have yet to really push any of the other singles. It’s kind of funny how that one just stuck with everybody and we’ve been able to tour on it for over a year.
Schmiz: We have everything that we have up to now because of that song, and we’re very thankful for it.
What has touring on a fairly large tour with a fairly large fan (who has a fairly large fanbase) been like for you guys?
NA: It’s been crazy, it’s definitely a lot more crazy and hectic than the tours we’ve done before. It’s much bigger, and it’s very cool. It’s exciting to see that many people being in rooms that big. I think the first few tours we learned a lot about playing as a live band and we wouldn’t be able to perform so well on this tour if not for the tours before because we’re not the same band anymore. I’m so thankful that we had club shows to kind of grow up on. We haven’t really done much outside the shows, usually I’ll go out on the town and try to find a bar or something to do after but the shows are such long days that we get done, and then have to go onto the next city. I think this tour is more about the shows and less about everything else. It’s been a lot about meeting the fans, getting to know everyone coming out to the show, and winning over All Time Low’s fanbase.
What are The Wrecks going to be up to in 2017 and 2018?
NA: Touring, and touring, and touring, and putting out a new EP.
Schmiz: A lotta EP!
NA: A lotta ep. Laughs