Can you talk to us more about “Long Time Listener, First Time Caller”? Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
“Long Time Listener, First Time Caller” is a song about inspiration being the only thing in the world that matters. When I’m writing a song I feel alive. And if it’s a good one, it can make me feel invincible. Unfortunately, I never get used to being uninspired or having writer’s block. I’ll pray to whatever power is out there to just give me the littlest spark.
What’s the story behind the title of the album?
OK, Wreck Loose is our first full length album, so the title is a sort of introduction. It’s for everyone that spells our name as one word and for the literal translation of “wrecking loose,” whatever that means. We just want make music and have a good time doing it, so it’s like “OK, here we are!”
How was the recording and writing process?
I bring the songs to the band, but after four years, we’ve really shaped our sound around each member’s strengths. Everyone has something to contribute. We work as a team and that’s where we find success.
What role does Pittsburgh plays in your writing?
Pittsburgh is definitely a country town. Not a country music town, but a city that grew up in the sticks. Most of us are from the surrounding area, while our guitarist, Nathan Zoob, is from New York City. We all met in this little city and have tried to stand tall in it with our personalities and music. It’s made us bold, goofy, and maybe even a little pretentious at the same time. Our music reflects that. It’s big and bombastic, but it tell stories of small people doing small things.
We know Garage Rock is usually filled with some raw guitars, what made you go and rely heavily on piano?
I’ve been playing the piano since I was six years old. I use it to write mostly. The songs take form when I’m alone in my room, but they get pretty massive once the band gets ahold of them. I think we banged out our first EP within the first month of us being a band. We got a reputation for being “garage” because of it. We slowed down a great deal once we started making OK, Wreck Loose, taking the time to arrange the songs and add layers. The garage rock title just kinda stuck and we’re cool with that.
What aspects of life did you get to explore on this album?
This album is all about the stories you create for other people’s lives. You interact with so many people every day, but you never really get to know anyone. The people that are very close to you, the people you love, they shape the way you live or eat or laugh about things. But everyone else gets a narrative. It can be mundane or fantastic. And when you take the time to write them into a song, that narrative gets tangled with your own, and that’s a special thing.
Any plans to hit the road? What else is happening next in Wreck Loose’s world?
We hit the road for month after we released OK, Wreck Loose. We booked the tour ourselves and made a lot of friends and heard a lot of great music along the way. We’re looking to continue traveling, but we’re always working on new tunes. At this rate we’ll be on our way to recording our next album very soon!