Los Angeles indie rockers The Wrecks have been making waves as of late, and their incredible debut album truly is the cherry on top.
Infinitely Ordinary is a testament to the band’s hard work, showcasing their style which is as classic as it is innovative. Lyrically, this record has its fingers in many pies. Still, it remains consistent in its relatability – something that always fares well with listeners. ‘Freaking Out’, a single that first saw the light of day in summer of 2019, begins proceedings by touching on frontman Nick Anderson’s experiences with taking psychedelic drugs. It’s not a far cry from the steady, spoken-word attempts of bands like LCD Soundsystem, and its thumping bassline and energetic chorus make it the perfect opening track.
Only unveiled yesterday, ‘Feels So Nice’ is not quite as experimental as its predecessor but still proves itself a satisfying listen. Its suggestive lyrics are something that a vast majority of the population can resonate with, and the massive, stadium-ready bridge it offers seeks to blow the mind. It bears the sounds of summer, and given the world’s current predicament, it might be what we all need. ‘Out Of Style’ is another previously heard track, again leading with thundering bass that complements Anderson’s musical commentary perfectly.
‘Fvck Somebody’ may just be The Wrecks’ best singalong anthem. While it’s not radio-friendly, it’s larger than life – all the track needs not to fall flat. It also becomes almost comical in the way that Anderson begs the subject, “I wish you’d fuck somebody, steal my money, break my heart and say you never ever, ever, ever, ever, ever loved me.” It’s followed up by ‘Four’, a much softer effort that draws similarities to artists such as Ryan Adams and James Bay. This song is the break that the record needs, a moment of clarity that pulls at the heartstrings before delving back deep into the chaotic psyche of The Wrecks.
The dark, cunning ‘We All Get Lonely’ is another example of what the band does best, readily dialled up past 100 with no intention of backing down. It’s in many ways seductive, and it becomes apparent as the song progresses that this is what The Wrecks are going for. More importantly though, by this point in the record, we’re yet to find a track that could successfully be dubbed as ‘filler’.
Infinitely Ordinary draws to a close with two very distinct songs; ‘This Life I Have’ is fortuitously reminiscent of The Fratellis’ Costello Music and it speeds through at a stress-inducing pace from start to finish. Meanwhile, the album’s titular track begins delicately before launching into a dynamic, inspiring chorus. “I think I could get to this, this infinitely ordinary life,” speaks to the soul and ultimately is the lyric that brings both the album and the song to a close.
The Wrecks now have two EPs and a full-length album under their belts, but it’s safe to say this is only the beginning. They have the talent and the potential, but also the kind of suave charm that could take the world by storm. There is not a single track on this album that pales in comparison to the others, and that speaks volumes.