SINGLE REVIEW: WRECK delightfully smash our eardrums with ‘Toyboy’


We love the independent submissions, yeah, we get some right naff stuff and we get some right obvious spam rushed emails, but once in a while we find a gem- and today’s gem is WRECK. Ps. WRECK, we’re not on Submit Hub, so yeah, ya spammed us saying you found us on there, but fuck it we’re quarantined and we felt forgiving.

We know little about WRECK which is OK because we know what we need to, and importantly Toyboy is equal levels chaos and tunefulness- exactly what garage rock should be. Of the little we know, we know that they hired one of our faves Tarek Musa (known for his solo project Dead Nature, for leading Spring King, RIP and for his great production work) which was a wise decision. Tarek has appropriately tamed the beast placing the drums at the forefront to steer the beautiful disorder that is WRECK.

Toyboy isn’t rewriting the rule books, and we’re OK with that, what they are doing is essentially generic garage rock with their stamp on it and doing it damn well. We must remember that the early days of The Beatles they were playing accessible (newly founded) pop music suitable for the masses and then as the albums went on things got progressively more off the wall- think Sgt Pepper. Another example is Arctic Monkeys, who definitely would not get signed with their current sound, but they’ve trained our ears to their off-kilter direction. So, WRECK, you’ve mastered badass garage rock, in the future we want to see you take it that step out of this world.

Toyboy is a symphony in the world of garage-rock taking us through high energy choruses, mellow verses and ear splitting layering of guitars and racing solos- we love it!”

To a point we joke because WRECK have already taken their sound further than most ‘generic garage rock’, well, in some parts Tarek has. The heavy reverb across an array of the instrumentation and red-line clipping distortion on vocals gives an almost space-rock sound to this juggernaut. The praise isn’t just to be attributed to Tarek, because at 5 minutes long Toyboy is a symphony in the world of garage-rock taking us through high energy choruses, mellow verses and ear splitting layering of guitars and racing solos- we love it! And then, at the 2 minute 50 seconds mark WRECK stamp their claim on being future garage-rock kings with a breakdown that feels like the most tightly stretched spring pulled to it’s max- we’re ready to thrash! With one more minute of outro chaos we are done, we literally can’t take any more, but man, we want to! Long live WRECK!

10/10

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Words: James Wadsworth @jamespart31