The Wrecks Grace the Stage of El Corazon Once Again

November 20, 2018

Photo by Leslie Dylan

The five-piece alternative rock band from Southern California returned to the iconic Seattle venue on November 11th, 2018, for the second night of their Panic Vertigo Tour, their second headlining tour since they formed in 2015.

Photo by Leslie Dylan

The stage was adorned with a multitude of non-working lamps, ranging in size from a small table lamp to a standing floor lamp, that were all painted with black and white stripes. They matched the backdrop, which depicted an image of a man seemingly falling through thin air mixed into a black and white swirl design; the band’s name sitting boldly above it. As the lights dimmed, a strange sound, like that of an alarm or a siren, began, and the crowd cheered as the stage lights came up. The first to make an appearance to the stage was drummer Billy Nally, proudly holding his drumsticks in the air as he made his way behind his kit. Next was guitarist Nick “Schmizz” Schmidt, who strutted his way to stage left, closely followed by bassist Aaron Kelley, pulling on his bass as he walked out, and guitarist Westen Weiss, who picked up his guitar from stage right. A second later, out popped lead singer Nick Anderson, dressed in a silk button-up patterned with various golden big cats, and the crowd cheered again. Five fast clicks from the high-hat and a drawn out “she said…” starts off the set as the band opened up with “Figure This Out,” the opening track to their 2018 Panic Vertigo EP. The crowd caught on quickly and sang along, and by the pre-chorus, everyone’s hands were clapping in the air. Not a single body in the room was still as the band finished this upbeat tune, which was followed by the rowdy anthem “I Don’t Like You” (from their 2016 We Are The Wrecks EP) and “Panic Vertigo,” the title track from their latest EP.

Photo by Leslie Dylan

Along with playing all of their fan-favorites, The Wrecks introduced two yet-to-be released songs, “This Life I Have” and “Freaking Out.” Many in the crowd already knew the words to both these songs, despite being unreleased. The set slowed down as the rest of the band went off-stage, leaving Anderson to solo-play an acoustic version of their song “Revolution.” With everyone singing along, the voices in the crowd almost drowned out Anderson’s own, to the point where he paused for a moment during the bridge to say, “I for sure hear you.” Leading into the last chorus, he stopped playing and smiled as he mouthed along to the words while the fans continued to sing as loud as ever, creating a rather beautiful moment. Directly following, a more stripped-down rock cover of Billie Eilish’s “You Should See Me In A Crown” was added to the setlist, and it was very well received by the audience. They played a few more of their original songs before closing out the set with “Favorite Liar,” the first single they released as a band.

Photo by Leslie Dylan

Seconds after the band left the stage, the audience yelled for an encore, and after about a minute or two of cheering, the band came running back out to play one last song. “You know, we were only going to play one encore song… but tonight, I think we’ll play two,” announced Anderson before turning around to catch a tambourine thrown to him by Nally. Anderson began to shake the tambourine as Kelley started to play a certain specific bassline, and the crowd went wild as the band started playing their cover of “Are You Gonna Be My Girl,” an iconic song by Australian rock band Jet. The Wrecks covered this song many times on previous tours, so it’s no wonder the audience went crazy for this fan-favorite. Everyone in the room sang along, and a few individuals seized the moment and crowd surfed to the stage. The energy and excitement continued as the band played their last song of the night, another original and unreleased song titled “Life,” and Anderson joined in on the crowd surfing and launched himself into the screaming pit of fans. Soon the song ended, and the band waved goodbye as they walked off stage, handing out setlists and drumsticks and guitar picks on their way. 

Photo by Leslie Dylan

The Panic Vertigo tour is officially in full swing, taking the band across the country from the Pacific Northwest and eventually ending in Austin, Texas. As for what comes next for The Wrecks, nothing is certain – except that new music is to be expected in the near future. And with new music usually comes a tour, so hopefully we will see these boys again very soon. 

 

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