Interview: Fresh Wreckage
Published on September 3rd, 2012 | Jonny Abrams
Ohio rockers Fresh Wreckage are readying their debut EP, so Rocksucker fired some questions over to lead singer Bobbi Townes to find out a little bit more about how they operate. First, though, get a load of this taster of what’s to come…
What’s the line-up of the band? How did you all meet, and how long has the band been going for?
Bobbi: Well, we have myself, Bobbi, handling lead vocals, Brandon on guitar, Charles on keyboard and synth, Harold on drums, and Matt on bass. Brandon and Matt add background vocals on a few songs also.
Harold, Brandon and I met in high school and participated in the same vocational music program. We met Charles and Matt a few years later while playing among each other in the local Columbus music scene. Originally our band played top 40 covers. Soon realizing that we had a major habit of remixing all of the songs that we were performing, we finally decided to start writing our own music. That led to the official inception of Fresh Wreckage in October of 2010.
How would you describe your music, if pushed?
Charles: A pop rock confection that will leave your ears pleased and your eyes, mouth, and nose jealous!
Brandon: An eclectic rock and roll smoothie. Seriously though, we think our music is a mix of emo, pop rock and indie. It’s positive, personal, emotional and always fun. We don’t fight about the specific genre too much though, as long as you like it.
Where are you based, and what do you use to record with?
Matt: We are based out of Columbus, Ohio. We each use our Mac computers to lay down ideas in Garage Band. Charles has Pro- Tools at his house to so we often use that to track ideas. We record professionally with Pro Tools too.
Harold: But sometimes we like to write chord changes on a sheet of paper and lyrics on another, then hold them up in front of the audience and let them figure it out!
Is there a full album in the works? If so, what can you tell us about it? (Feel free to be as abstract as you like…)
Bobbi: Yes, but more immediately we are releasing a full-production EP. I can tell you that the upcoming EP will be positive and upbeat, with some sarcastic tones.
Matt: We already have enough songs to release a full-length, so when the time comes we will just record the ones that we haven’t already.
Where can we hear your music online?
Right now you can listen, and download, our song “Say Yeah” on our Bandcamp page. Take it as sneak peak of what’s to come on our EP.
Which have been your most exciting gigs and/or overall moments so far?
Matt: Our most exciting gigs are “the next one”!! In my opinion, each show gets better and more fine-tuned. We are really growing together. It’s so awesome!
Got any more coming up? (Gigs, that is…)
Yes! To name a few:
September 8th at the Lithopolis Honey Festival in Lithipolis, Ohio.
September 8th at the Hot Time Festival in Columbus, OH
September 20th at the Third Thursday Festival in Vermilion, OH
September 21st at Donkey Coffee in Athens, OH
September 28th at Scarlet & Grey Café in Columbus, OH
You can find the full calendar on our Facebook page.
Are there any obscure and/or up-and-coming acts that you’d like to recommend or give a shout-
Charles: My newest obsession would be Snarky Puppy. Every one needs to check them out at least once!
Brandon: Definitely Snarky Puppy.
Finally, if you were forced to spend the rest of your days in solitary confinement, but were allowed to bring the entire works of five different musical artists along to tide you over, whose would you choose?
Charles: MGMT and Neon Hitch
Bobbi: Paramore and Yuna
Brandon: Def Leopard, Jeff Buckley, and The 24-7 Spyz
Fresh Wreckage, thank you.