Wreck & Reference – “Corpse Museum” (Stereogum Premiere)

Wreck & Reference - Want

Wreck & Reference – “Corpse Museum” (Stereogum Premiere)

Wreck & Reference - Want

San Francisco duo Wreck & Reference (aka drummer Ignat Frege and instrumentalist Felix Skinner) make music with a pretty minimal set of tools: drums, voice, computers. No guitar, no bass. That formula could be pretty limiting, but W&R use those limitations to craft songs that are bleak, disorienting, and almost tangibly grimy. The band has evolved considerably from their 2011 Black Cassette demo, moving beyond their Big Black/Godflesh origins, although still capturing the same feelings of paranoia and coldness evoked by those bands. Wreck & Reference are about to release their second LP, Want, and it is not be missed, especially if you like Swans circa The Seer or El-P circa I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead or Suicide or Sunn O))) or the films of David Cronenberg or whatever. It’s just a fucked-up, disquieting, overwhelmingly dark work of art. The band is going on tour with Deafheaven and Pallbearer, a bill featuring three great acts, none of whom seem to be remotely similar or complementary to the others. Still, it will mean no shortage of attention paid to Wreck & Reference, and right now, they seriously deserve to be noticed. We’re streaming Want’s opening track, “Corpse Museum,” for you to hear today, and you can also check out tour dates below. And you should do both.

Want tracklist:

01 “Corpse Museum”
02 “Apollo Beneath The Whip”
03 “Stranger, Fill This Hole In Me”
04 “Bankrupt”
05 “A Glass Cage For An Animal”
06 “A Tax”
07 “Flies”
08 “Convalescence”
09 “Machine Of Confusion”
10 “Swallow”
11 “Apologies”

Wreck & Reference tour dates:

06/08 Boston, MA @ Sinclair w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
06/09 Philadelphia, PA @ Barbary w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
06/10 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
06/11 Richmond, VA @ Canal Club w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
06/12 Charlotte, NC @ The Milestone +++++
06/13 Columbia, SC @ Queen Punx Palace +++++
06/15 Miami, FL @ Churchill’s w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
06/16 Orlando, FL @ Backbooth w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
06/17 Tampa, FL @ Crowbar w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
06/18 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack’s w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
06/19 Little Rock, AR @ Vino’s +++++
06/20 St. Louis, MO @ Firebird w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
06/21 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
06/22 Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
06/23 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
06/24 Lawrence, KS @ Granada w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
06/25 Tulsa, OK @ Soundpony Lounge +++++
06/26 Houston, TX @ FItzgerald’s w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
06/27 Austin, TX @ Red 7 w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
06/28 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada w/ Deafheaven, Pallbearer
06/29 El Paso, TX @ TBA +++++
06/30 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom w/ Deafheaven, Destruction Unit
07/01 San Diego, CA @ Casbah w/ Deafheaven
07/02 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall w/ Deafheaven

+++++ Wreck & Reference only

Want is out 6/10 via The Flenser.

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