Interview with Pittsburgh’s Wreck Loose

Published On November 10, 2014 | By Kaitlyn Davidson | Interviews


Local band Wreck Loose has not been playing together long, but the musicians are already making a name for themselves throughout the city as an up-and-coming pop-rock act. The band is currently gearing up to play the Brillobox to release their new single “Feed Me” on November 13th. The new song features classic guitar riffs, strong piano power-chords, and the soft, soulful vocals that Wreck Loose is known for. Though still sticking to their classic roots, “Feed Me” is definitely different from their previously released music.

Wreck Loose is taking to the stage not only to debut “Feed Me,” but also to release the b-side “Only You”, both of which will be for sale on 7” vinyl and in digital format. To help promote the new music release, local legends Josh Verbanets (Meeting of Important People) and Clinton Clegg (The Commonheart) will be performing as well.

As forerunners in Pittsburgh’s pop-rock scene, Wreck Loose is definitely a band to keep an eye on as they release more music and continue to play shows with some of the best-known bands in the ‘Burgh. We got a chance to catch up with vocalist Max Somerville and guitarist Nathan Zoob before the show to see how the band feels about Pittsburgh’s music scene, their new single, and what the future holds.WL_FeedMe

What is intriguing to you about Pittsburgh’s music scene, especially as a pop-rock band in the area?

Max Somerville:

The most intriguing thing is that I definitely think there are a million different types of bands in the city, and that a lot of people go out to shows to go help each other, and a lot of people in the bands are friends. There’s a lot of different groups right now that get together, and you’ve got the Wild Kindness record label, and they’re all helping each other out, and making really cool music.

 On “Feed Me,” you kind of strayed from the style and emotions on your previous album “Well”. Are you trying to hone in on a different emotion for this single, and how do you think that might change the sound of your music in the future?

Max Somerville:

I think that I always write the songs in the moment, and a lot of the songs on the first EP were written in a certain period, so it came out like that. I think that with “Feed Me,” it was right after a breakup, and I was feeling really low, and I think I just wrote it all in one day, and it kind of came out like that. I don’t really go into a song knowing what its going to be about, so I guess that’s the better answer. Usually the song kind of like writes itself, and then – I can’t stand writing lyrics – so when I write lyrics its just like, whatever kind of comes out and how I’m feeling, you know? I had a lot of trouble with really conveying emotion with my lyrics, and I hope that, however I’m feeling at the time, the lyrics kind of come out like that.

What was your goal with the live recording process you went through for “Feed Me”?

Max Somerville:

We kind of wanted to make the recording sound like a lot of the old recordings, a lot of the vintage stuff – so, the super saturated sounds, very warm sounding, and you know, kind of fuzzy.  It was a lot of fun – it turned out great.

Nathan Zoob:

I love the vibe we achieved–smoky, with a ton of space and real dimension. We worked very closely with Dave Hidek and the folks at Treelady studios to achieve that effect.

In a previous interview, you had mentioned wanting to team up with other artists to create music, who would be your top two artists that you’d want to collaborate with if given the chance?

Max Somerville:

I guess I’d say my two favorite local songwriters right now are Gary Musisko and Justin Endler. Both of them are absolutely brilliant songwriters and I had the opportunity to play with Gary a couple times as a pianist for his band and we played a couple shows. I’ve played shows with Justin as well, and I’m just so inspired by their music and I would love to one day just write some songs with them.  I love writing music, it’s what I think about at all times, it’s what keeps me going – and so I’d love to sit down with them and at least pick their brains about writing music for a while, or write a song with either of them.

Doors open at 9PM on Thursday for their show at Brillobox with a $10 cover charge. Pittsburgh’s music scene keeps growing and events like these are just one of the many reasons for such a strong artist community in the city.


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