“This is obscure music that defies niche genre appeal: melding the slow, brutal weight that will draw metal fans; the shards of sculpted feedback to catch the ears of noise enthusiasts; and the meticulously crafted assembly and earnest delivery to grab admirers of left-field pop.” – Lurker’s Path
California’s Wreck & Reference are back with a new two-song 7inch,
Content (pronounced ‘No Content’), that is truly genre-defying in every way. Heavy and experimental with nods to post-metal, industrial, electronic, noise and doom, this duo’s latest work is a trainwreck of contradictions yet devastatingly somber and addictive. The first track on Content is “Absurdities and Echos”, more melodic and atmospheric than anything the band has done before, while the second song, “Abhorrence” is concise and raw, sharply contrasting with the first. Formed by drummer Ignat Frege and multi-instrumentalist Felix Skinner, Wreck and Reference play by their own rules and create a sound that is unorthodox and captivating – without the use of stringed instruments: using only drums, vocals, and a Korg sampler – on this new 7inch.
Wreck & Reference got started in 2011 in San Francisco, CA and released their demo, the highly-acclaimed Black Cassette, that same year. This demo was first self-released on tape, then later on vinyl through The Flenser. Black Cassette immediately turned heads and upon first listen of this EP, Lurker’s Path said Wreck and Reference were “…redefining heaviness within rock music”, likely due to their use of samples, live drums and vocals to craft a sound that is melancholic and fierce.
The following year, Wreck and Reference released their debut full-length, Y̶o̶u̶t̶h̶, to even more critical praise. Invisible Oranges said this two-piece band “…pushes the traditional metal template towards regions unexplored, expanding the sonic legacies of Swans’ filth and Big Black’s harshness.” Even more dark and mysterious than its predecessor, Y̶o̶u̶t̶h̶ catapulted Wreck and Reference to the forefront of unconventional and mysterious heavy music.
Content will be available on May 21st, 2013 on digital and vinyl formats from avant-garde metal label Flenser Records, and song and video premieres will be announced soon.
* photo by Bryan Proteau of Natvres Mortes Illvstration.