10 Questions with ... The Wrecking
August 13, 2012
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
- Douglas Elder - Lead Vocals/Guitar
- Darren Elder - Drums
- Karl Anderson - Bass/Keboards/Backing Vocals
- Chris James - Lead Guitar
- So Much For Love
- A New Abolition
- The Catalyst
1) Introduce the members of the band, using musical background and/or personality traits.
Douglas Elder: Singer, lover of Tapatio hot sauce, vintage motorcycle enthusiast
Darren Elder: Drummer, poster boy for Attention Deficit Disorder, enjoys climbing things
Karl Anderson: Multi-instrumentalist, mad scientist, uninsured knife juggler
Chris James: Guitarist, descendant of Jesse James, connoisseur of all trucks diesel
2) What can a listener expect to hear sonically on the new album? How is it different from your previous two releases, A New Abolition and The Catalyst?
Doug: I think we finally landed on a delivery system for the type and scope of musical territory we feel at home in. It's very liberating to get to a place where you feel like creatively you are firing on all cylinders.
Darren: I think the listener can expect to hear a band that has determined exactly who they are and how they want to communicate. This record is exactly what we wanted to make and has created a sense of possibility for the four of us that is really exciting. We are dreaming out loud and hopefully inviting the listener to do the same.
3) Is there a message to the songs on the new album So Much for Love? Do you craft an album so that the songs work toward a singular point/theme?
Doug: The idea is that "LOVE" is a very multi-dimensional thing. It's perhaps the most abused term in the English language. We felt like it was worth the time to look at it from a variety of angles. It's not till you view something from many different angles that you actually know the size and shape of it.
Darren: Without exception, to love is to hurt. The moment you open yourself up to truly love someone else it will cost you. At the same time, love is probably the most abused term in our or any other language. So many times people speak of how they "love" others, and the word sounds the same, but rather than it being a self sacrificing devotion; selfishness and manipulation are in disguise. This double-edged sword cuts all of us at one time or another. The record is rooted in this premise. So many times we are broken before we are built; sometimes it is true love that breaks us, sometimes it is the imitation. But it is always the real thing that heals us and builds us into what we are supposed to be.
4) What's the story behind your new single "View From the Top"?
Doug: It's a song about perspective. Perspective is a foundational piece of life that is forming all of the time whether we know it or not. "View From the Top" is about getting a reality check on our daily perspective on life. We all need it at times.
Darren: It's the fight for hope, the longing to breakthrough, to get above whatever is holding you down. It's a prayer.
5) Do you have a favorite song on the new album?
Doug: Nope. I love them all equally. [smile] Although "Life in Reverse" is a lot of fun to open shows with lately.
6) You guys advocate for organizations like Not For Sale and International Justice Mission (IJM). How did you first connect with the issue of human trafficking and modern-day slavery? Why is it important for you listeners to understand this issue?
Doug: We came in contact with the issue of human trafficking at a Christian music festival several years ago. It's the type of issue that kinda chooses you. We just decided to do whatever we could to help. That's what we have been doing ever since. It's important for everyone to get involved because honestly, there is enough money to be made in this evil industry, that if we don't get aggressive and win the fight against human trafficking, nobody is safe. This evil is not relegated to Southeast Asia; it's everywhere and it will grow if its not confronted from every angle.
Darren: We care about seeing the enslaved made free because Jesus first freed us. In the Scriptures it is made clear that the kind of religion God honors cares for orphans and widows in their distress. Touring for Not For Sale provides us an opportunity for our band to matter in the fight against modern day slavery in very practical terms. We are honored to stand with them; they are our heroes.
7) What are your upcoming tour plans? Where might we find you playing this fall?
Darren: There is a lot of touring being scheduled. I believe we will be touring the Northwest, West Coast, South, and New England to name a few. Next year's touring is looking like it's going to be pretty exciting as well already!
Doug: We are always trying to keep branching out, hit new cities that we have not been to before, hare our music, share the Gospel, and encourage others to join in the fight to end modern day slavery.
8) What song do you wish you had written?
Doug: "Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" by U2
Darren: "High and Dry" by Radiohead
9) Fill in the blank: I can't start the day without:
Doug: Water. I drink tons of water.
Darren: Stumbling, over Doug's water bottles
10) Do you have much time to check out other artists' music? What are you listening to right now?
Doug: Future of Forestry, The Myriad, The Daylights, Paper Route, and Seabird
Darren: U2, Radiohead, Jack White, Keane, Sanctus Real, Phil Wickham, Adele, Ray LaMontagne, and Onerepublic