The Local 913: Wreck Loose's "What About The Cosmos?"
"We don’t want to hurt anyone. Maybe," says Max Somerville of the Pittsburgh band Wreck Loose.
He's probably not going to kill anyone, regardless of Wreck Loose's new album’s name. Wreck Loose Kills Again found the group tackling their writing and recording process in a different way.
"We brought a lot of songs in that we had been working on for a long time, but we also brought in some songs that we had never played live before," Somerville said. "Going in there, we didn’t really have an idea of what we wanted to do yet. That’s where Al came in."
Who’s Al, you ask? Al Torrence is the owner of Music Garden Studios in New Brighton, Pa. where Wreck Loose recorded their new album. The guys in Wreck Loose are pretty astute and have self-produced everything they’ve done up to this point. I was curious if they have a hard time taking direction from someone else.
"I do, but not from Al," Somerville said. "If Al tells me to do something, I’m going to do it."
The respect that Wreck Loose have for Torrence is almost Beatles-esque. Al is to Wreck Loose as George Martin was to the Fab Four. Yes, they’d be good alone, but they’re way better when Torrence is involved and he agrees.
"I think that Wreck Loose in itself would be fine without me," Torrence said. "What I try to do with them, or anyone I work with, but especially Max and those guys, is I try to take what they’re trying to do or take what’s in Max’s head or any of the guys’ heads and turn that into a recording somehow. So, if Max has a crazy idea about a certain song structure or is influenced by a certain thing, then how do I take that and make that on a record and make it sound like something that would be listenable."
The members of Wreck Loose have a knack for writing songs about characters, but sort of abandoned that motif on "Wreck Loose Kills Again." Except for the song “What About The Cosmos?” That one is about a guy named Andrew.
"Andrew’s not really a person as much as he represents an acquaintance or someone that you might have met a long time ago but never really had a relationship with," Somerville said. "Years later they kind of pop into your head and you’re like, ‘Well, what happened to them? Where are they now? Have they been abducted by aliens?’ It’s like an anything-could-happen type of situation. You’re never going to see that person again. I guess you could reach out to them on Instagram, but you’re not going to.