Wreck and Reference
Want


4.0
excellent

Review

by krthll1 USER (15 Reviews)
July 12th, 2014 | 19 replies


Release Date: 06/10/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Wreck and Reference improve on their already strong formula, but still get tripped up by past issues.



Wreck and Reference are a two man act out of California that create some of the most harsh experimental music available. This vocal and drum led duo use vast arrays of samples to throw listeners into hopeful, depressive, and sometime mystical worlds for few minutes at a time. Their last record, No Youth is a solid album that displays every skill set Wreck and Reference can bring to the table. The only real issues with No Youth were a lack of time in the hellish world listeners are thrown into and the vocals were a bit weak. Wreck and Reference have listened to these criticisms and created an improved product as a result.

Want is a bombastic album, but also manages to slow down and make some ambient mood pieces. The samples in the album include bones rattling, simple piano, haunting bass lines, feedback out of your nightmares, and loud chorus music. Wreck and Reference really fill up every track with walls of sound that never cease to thrill. Vocally, Want is a massive improvement over No Youth. The harsh styling really has more emphasis from beginning to end, creating a stark contrast from the almost-spoken word elements mixed in throughout. Drumming is excellent in every song, adding to the ethereal beauty of the album.

Corpse Museum opens the album to a massive wall of distorted mastery. Both members throw some astounding loud vocals on the track, coming through beautifully on the chorus. This is Wreck and Reference’s fastest song to date and the incredibly moody tone brought on through sampling is simply special. Bankrupt is almost equally great, despite the smaller nature of the track. The sampling is limited to feedback and a moody bass line that constantly looms in the background behind the harshest screams on the record. Despite the short length, A Glass Cage for an Animal creates a fantastic mix of spoken word and heavier screams. This is Wreck and Reference putting on their best effort to create a head-banger. The best track on the second half is definitely Flies. A pretty chorus sample kicks off the track, only to broken by a spooky drum beat and spoken word vocals that are dark as hell. The mixing of muted screams behind the spoken word bars are bone-chilling throughout. Apologies ends the album in high fashion as well, creating the most soul-crushing effort in their discography. The glacial sounds evoke feelings of repressed anger, and features the nastiest lyrics on Want. “I feel my bones splintering inside me” is a sick lyric and the bone chimes sample is quite uncomfortable.

There is one main issue that Wreck and Reference fail to address though. The song lengths are not great enough for the massive walls of sound that they create. When you can sample that many terrifying sounds, the track needs to nail the sense of dread by taking some time. Most tracks like on their previous releases are bit shorter, making it hard to get lost in the visions of hell that they create. A handful of the songs are a bit disappointing too. A Tax is a fine song, but the mixing is too messy and unrewarding. Convalescence is solid but the sampling and lyrics create too simple of a sprint. Machine of Confusion is one of the scariest tracks on the album, feeling as though it belongs in a John Carpenter film. The issue with the track is that is feels too easy for them to pull off.

Wreck and Reference make some improvements over past releases, but also still have room for improvement. The lyrics on Want are haunting, the samples are even more terrifying, and the vocals have improved by leaps and bounds. Song structure and length trip up Wreck and Reference once again, but they do enough to make up for those issues.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
TheSpirit
July 12th 2014


17987 Comments


Good review. This band is really interesting, I'll probably check this out.

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TheBarber
July 12th 2014


2042 Comments


dug this record but I gotta give it more time

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krthll1
July 12th 2014


94 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It took me a good ten listens to give this album a grade. Wreck and Reference are one of my favorite bands right now. Really great and awkward live performers to boot. Thanks for the comments!

TheBarber
July 12th 2014


2042 Comments


awkward?

krthll1
July 12th 2014


94 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They did not talk to the crowd whatsoever and started the show off while no one was paying attention with Corpse Museum, which has a loud shout to kick off the track. In between songs they would just go to the next without any crowd interaction. They sounded just like the studio versions though. They seemed a bit eccentric but totally worth the price of admission.

krthll1
July 12th 2014


94 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It didn't help that Deafheaven played headline which can blow any band out of the water with their incredible crowd interaction and performances.

TheBarber
July 12th 2014


2042 Comments


sounds like a pre cool gig

TheBarber
July 12th 2014


2042 Comments


The artwork and lyrics on this are pretty boss

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
July 12th 2014


6480 Comments


Saw these guys opening for Deafheaven a couple weeks ago. They put on a pretty good show but I don't think their performance did their music all that much justice. Might have to check this out to confirm.

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greg84
Staff Reviewer
July 12th 2014


7428 Comments


I enjoyed this, but also need to give it some more spins. Cracking review.

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krthll1
July 12th 2014


94 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the feedback! Their live show worked well for me but we caught them at a smaller venue which made the sound quality quite good. Their booth was quite cheap for merchandise too which was refreshing in comparison to the two other bands.

CaptainDooRight
July 16th 2014


30239 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

pretty sweet

TheBarber
July 16th 2014


2042 Comments


I appreciate a lot of this album especially it's ideas but some of their execution leaves me a tad cold, sometimes I'm really pulled into a track but then it just stops and goes onto the next, they should give their songs more space to grow since it's frustrating

CaptainDooRight
July 16th 2014


30239 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yee mang

krthll1
July 16th 2014


94 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Their main weakness is the impatience they have for the ambient elements of their sound. I can see why their music can leave someone cold. I feel that way about their past albums, Want just clicked more for myself. They still have room to grow in the future though.

TheBarber
July 16th 2014


2042 Comments


yeah I'll def be looking forward to this band's progress

YakNips
September 12th 2014


12758 Comments


this is actually really great

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sniper
October 4th 2014


19080 Comments


why isn't this album being discussed

ChoccyPhilly
October 13th 2014


7831 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

This album is insanely good at times, but still has its underwhelming moments

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