Wreck & Reference

Wreck & Reference Stream New Record

In advance of its July 29th release date, multi-instrumentalist masterminds Wreck and Reference are streamingIndifferent Rivers Romance End today on Noisey.  Recorded by the band and mixed/mastered with Samur Khouja (Joanna Newsom, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony) in Los Angeles, CA earlier this year, this new album sees Wreck and Reference employ the pristine clarity of IDM and the rhythmic flood of trap, as an experiment in pop, metal, and noise with the increased use of digital synthesizers over previous works, creating a greater sense of fluidity and movement. 

Wreck and Reference formed in 2011 and recorded their first EP, Black Cassette, in a garage, drawing upon the blown out intensity of black metal and the angularity of noise rock, with themes of determinism and Cormac McCarthy-esque isolation.

In 2012, their debut full length Y̶o̶u̶t̶h̶ represented a dramatic expansion of their sonic palette. In deeper, darker tones, Y̶o̶u̶t̶h̶ was a reflection on the opposing forces of dismissal and longing for both the past and the future, questioning the value of the life lived and life that is still to come.

These sounds and themes were pushed further in Wreck and Reference’s second full length Want in 2014. Described by Pitchfork as having “radical vision” and “boundless experimentation,” Want expanded into a darker and more brooding territory, plumbing the depths of isolation, sadness, and hopelessness, as if written from inside a room with only a dimming window into a perfectly callous world.

In contrast to Wreck and Reference’s past work, Indifferent Rivers Romance End is an album that allows the possibility of change, even the necessity of it, when the self comes to face the inevitability of continued life amidst the construction and destruction of relationships. The cover depicts a statue of Heraclitus, the tearful Ancient Greek herald of change, tied to a brick and drowned in a river of liquor and dirt.

In support of their new album, Wreck and Reference have a U.S. tour spanning July 29th through September 3rd.  Check out the tour dates listed below.  

Indifferent Rivers Romance End Tracklist:

1. Powders

2. Flight But Not Metaphor

3. Ascend

4. The Clearing

5. Liver

6. Modern Asylum

7. Manifestos

8. Bullwhips

9. Languish

10. Unwanted


Wreck & Reference tour with Some Ember, Summer 2016:

7.29 - Los Angeles, CA - Non Plus Ultra

8.12 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill

8.13 - Davis, CA - The Morgue

8.15 - Salt Lake City, UT - Diabolical Records

8.16 - Denver, CO - Juice Church

8.17 - Omaha, NE - Milk Run

8.18 - Ames, IA - DG's Taphouse

8.19 - Minneapolis, MN - Eagle's Club

8.20 - Chicago, IL - TriTriangle

8.21 - Ann Arbor/Detroit, MI - TBA

8.22 - Columbus, OH - Double Happiness

8.23 - Baltimore, MD - The Crown

8.24 - Washington, D.C. - Safari Rest. & Lounge

8.25 - New Paltz, NY - MLIBOG

8.26 - New York, NY - Alphaville

8.27 - Richmond, VA - Perfect Church

8.28 - Columbia, SC - Tapp’s Art Center

8.29 - Nashville, TN - Drkmtter

8.30 - Birmingham, AL - The Firehouse

8.31 - New Orleans, LA - Gasa Gasa

9.01 - Dallas, TX - Three Links

9.02 - Austin, TX - Sidewinder

9.03 - Tucson, AZ - Solar Culture


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Wreck & Reference Release Second Single

Multi-instrumentalists Wreck & Reference have released their second single from their upcoming album, Indifferent Rivers Romance End.

The song is called “Powders” and it is available to listen to right now over at TinyMixTapes. Make sure to check it out!

Wreck & Reference formed in 2011 and recorded Black Cassette, their first EP, in a garage with black metal influences and heavy lyrical themes. They expanded their sonic tone on their first LP, Youth, in 2012.  Their second LP, Want, received critical acclaim from reviewers like Pitchfork, who said that the album was pushing boundaries of new experimentation. 

The much-anticipated third full length LP, Indifferent Rivers Romance End is set for release on July 22nd via longtime partners of the band, The Flenser.

The album features ten new songs and will run about 44 minutes long. The band is employing techniques and styles from different genres such as IDM and trap, mixed with with experimental pop, metal, and noise. They are using more digital sounds and synthesizers more with this latest release and furthering their experimental sound. 

For more on Wreck & Reference and what they're up to, check out their social media links below!

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Wreck & Reference Announce Album

Wreck and Reference, the California duo of Ignat Frege and Felix Skinner, have announced their third LP!

Indifference Rivers Romance End is due out July 22nd through The Flenser, and is a collection of songs about discussing purpose and the lengths a person can go to for their love-life. The album takes a nihilistic stance on these themes, while also creating a sonic landscape of experimental synth noise pop. 

Check out the track-list below!

1. Powders
2. Flight But Not Metaphor
3. Ascend
4. The Clearing
5. Liver
6. Modern Asylum
7. Manifestos
8. Bullwhips
9. Languish
10. Unwant

The dark pop tone of Wreck and Reference has been building over their career as an experimental synth band since their formation in 2011, when they  also released their debut EP, Black Cassette

Their first single, “The Clearing,” is out and available to stream on Soundcloud or Youtube!

The album is available to pre-order now here, and you can keep on their social media for future announcements and new singles!

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