Local 913: Wreck Loose
For the last weeks of 2017, we’re revisiting our top local albums of the year. This week, we focus on Wreck Loose. Formed by several members of the Pittsburgh band “Backstabbing Good People”, Wreck Loose has been catching people’s attention in the city since 2013. Taking inspiration from classic rock like Elton John, Warren Zevon and The Beatles, the group got their name from their reclusive frontman, Max Somerville.
“I love playing with Wreck Loose because I love writing music. I get to bring music to three other guys who really understand what I’m trying to do and I really understand what their trying to do. We get to write great music together. When we play live, I’m sitting behind a piano, so I use that as a shield. When they music’s playing, I get to let loose, sing and be loud. When the music stops and there’s time to talk in-between, I’m like not making eye contact and trying to say some weird ironic thing that will deflect any attention. Yeah, being a front man is weird.”
Earlier this year, Wreck Loose released their debut album which included “Long Time Listener”, a staple of their live sets.
“It’s a song about grappling with inspiration, the highs and lows that brings. The level of arrogance and confidence that I see in myself when I’m writing music and feel great about it and that’s what I keep doing it. Also, the low is when you’re going through a spell of writer’s block and you don’t feel like you’re ever going to write again. “I’m praying that the next song saves my life,” is basically saying “I’m really low right now and I need a great song.” And I’m praying that this next one I write is the one.”
Wreck Loose’s album OK Wreck Loose is WYEP’s #5 local album of 2017. More information about the band is at their website.
Photo by Andrew Scalise.