It feels like just yesterday we introduced TBB readers to the Wrecks.
Though it’s only been a few months since the band opened for All Time Low at the Fox Theater in Oakland, they’ve managed to come a long way in a rather short span of time. Upgrading from opening act to headliners, The Wrecks kicked off a tour with Vesperteen and The Technicolors at Bottom of The Hill on October 24.
We caught up with both The Wrecks and Colin Rigsby of Vesperteen before the show for laughs, pictures, and a few San Fransisco adventures too. But before you click through our slideshow, let’s chat a little about the bands.
Coming together in Los Angeles from different parts the US, the members of The Wrecks act as though they’ve been playing together for a lifetime even though their first single “Favorite Liar” released in 2016. The band consists of drummer Billy Nally, guitarist Westen Weiss, Bassist Aaron Kelly, singer Nick Anderson, and guitarist Nick Schmidt (who goes by “Schmity” to avoid confusion between the two Nicks).
The group’s chemistry on stage is magnetic, and perhaps some of the magnetism comes from their close-knit off stage attitude. Before the band’s concert at Bottom of The Hill, a quick glance at our slideshow will show just how much fun the members have off stage and exploring new places together. Yet once they take the stage, this same attitude comes across between songs as the members interact and Anderson cracks jokes with the crowd.
The band’s songs are catchy and full of meaningful lyrics but the members have no problem rocking out too. Live shows are full of electrifying guitar riffs, powerful drums, and grade-A vocals.
Colin Rigsby’s solo project is best compared to Bleachers or How To Dress Well in terms of how live performances work. Much like Jack Antonoff and Tom Krell create tunes and bring a different assortment of musicians on the road, Rigsby is the musical mastermind behind Vesperteen.
You might recognize Rigsby from his previous project House of Heroes, or perhaps you caught Vesperteen opening for Twenty One Pilots this summer in Rigsby’s hometown of Columbus, Ohio.
If you haven’t gotten a chance to catch Vesperteen before, know this, the band’s sound falls someplace between dancy synth tunes, the glitzy of classic pop tunes, and a little old school rock and roll.