The members of The Wrecking, a Portland Maine based pop/rock band, are quietly re-defining what a purposeful, hard-working team can accomplish on their own. Three years into their impressive run they have racked up over 500 live appearances, several charting singles, a rabid and growing on-line presence and critical acclaim from both mainstream and Christian music critics. On their second full-length release, So Much for Love, the band has found their sweet spot; crafting songs that celebrate the purpose of struggle, the beauty of brokenness and the importance of justice. “Struggle has a purpose,” insists drummer Darren Elder. “We often have to be broken before we can be built.” The Wrecking contemplate the power of this simple truth through pop/rock songs honed to perfection by relentless touring, writing and studio work.
Whether intentional or not, this young band has already demolished several contemporary rock clichés. In an era of declining music sales and indie rock cacophony they have emerged as polished, purposeful, touring band that waits for no one. Their 2008 debut, A New Abolition and follow-up EP The Catalyst (2010) managed critical and commercial feats that would be the envy of any major label artist development team. Five charting singles, over fifty features and reviews in national press outlets, numerous four star reviews and hundreds of performances later The Wrecking are building an engaged following from coast to coast.
The set-up for So Much For Love, has been equally as impressive. The album’s lead single, “View from the Top,” is impacting at radio and through a contagious video that is racking up hundreds of views per week. “It’s a simple idea,” lead vocalist and guitarist Douglas Elder explains, “but people still need to hear it. It’s about getting above all of the things that hold us back or bring us down. It’s about the empowerment that comes from having a proper perspective on the struggles and brokenness of life.” That optimistic spirit led to a top-level synch placement and on-screen performance for the song in the acclaimed Showtime series The Big C. As a result the band’s online profile has exploded. Several additional Film and TV placements have already come in for that song and a second single and video (“About To Fall”) is generating significant buzz as well. All indications are that The Wrecking have a certified hit on their hands.
The Elder brothers, though excited about all of the recent hype, are focused on the task at hand. “We feel that our first record presented the sound of a band exploring who they may be,” Darren ponders. “That process is necessary and fun, but after three years of full time touring, writing and recording we know exactly who we are now, and where we want to go.” If recent activity is any indication, the answer to that last question may in fact be “everywhere.” The band has shown no regard for the supposed wall between faith-formed music and mainstream pop, generating fans on all sides of the spiritual fence. “We are absolutely unashamed of our Christian faith and we love playing at churches, leading worship and inspiring people to dig deeper into their spirituality,” Douglas adds, “but we are just as comfortable playing in a club or on a TV show. Maybe it’s because we have done this on our own, but it is really exciting to see that we now organically exist in both the mainstream and Christian markets.”
With musical references as diverse as Radiohead, Jimmy Eat World, The Daylights and Onerepublic, the band has crafted a brand of instantly accessible, irresistibly melodic and relentlessly truthful modern pop that dares to matter. The band played over 150 shows in the last year and spent hundreds of hours writing, re-writing, tweaking and perfecting a massive amount of music that was eventually distilled down to the eleven that comprise So Much for Love. “We probably sketched over seventy songs before landing on the ones that became this album,” Darren Elder explains. “When we were not on the road we were in my studio dreaming this all up.” With the production assistance of Dustin Burnett (Newsboys, Augustana, Throwing Gravity, Jimmy Needham) and mastering by Adam Ayan (Nirvana, Madonna, Foo Fighters, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones) their enormous effort has truly paid off. The band can’t wait to unveil So Much For Love, which hits stores today!
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