“Frictionless Creativity” is what Adrian Grenier has built in his Brooklyn based home studio, dubbed The Wreckroom. ”People can actually make music and have a free reign to create. And the audience can see what they are doing.”
This past Saturday night closing out CMJ it was frictionless creativity that also took over Fontana’s in the LES for The Wreckroom Showcase.
“We are going to cater to what is quality what is sincerely an up and coming band in Brooklyn, it’s a taste a flavor a certain style that is emerging,” says Grenier.
I walked in just as the sultry sexy vocals of Joanna Erdos and her keyboard hit the stage. Joined by her band, The Midnight Show, she’s a more melodic, soulful 90’s revival mix of Fionna Apple and Alanis Morisette. I seriously have not stopped listening to her since I saw her on Saturday night. Being revived feels so good.
Only Child by Joanna Erdos and The Midnight Show
Unprepared, I got a little ridiculous with Ryan Egan, the lead singer of the next band who performed- The Ugly Club. They just played five showcases at CMJ, were handpicked by Grenier himself to record at The Wreckroom, and are in the middle of writing their second full length album. And they’ve only been together for a year and a half.
Under the Great Wave by The Ugly Club
Definitely the band that had the biggest impact of the night was, The Skins. A trend I noticed on The Wreckroom’s site has been the young talent coming out of the studio.“Young kids these days know how to focus their talent and how to bring it - says Grenier. They are already cultivating their own style early on.”
Managed by Joanna Erdos and Adrian Grenier- The band is made up of five young artists between the ages of 13 and 19 who found each other at NYC’s School of Rock. Three whom are siblings. They are rooted in classic influences of the past. Watching them feels like an indie Jimi Hendrix meets an indie Etta James, and they have indie babies to start a Brooklyn based rock band.
Killer by The Skins.
Of course the indie-folk quartet made up of filmmaker Ari Gold (aka Hoyt), solo musician Andrew Vladek (aka Dorian), Psychiatrist Dr.Dan Posner (aka Carl) and Adrien Grenier himself who plays drums (aka Fluffer) made an appearance with their band The Honey Brothers. They just came out with a new album this year titled “Time Flies Like a Peach” which still consists of the same humor as in “Songs for Your Sister” mixed with “a new attitude” with a rockier pop edge.
Alone No More by The Honey Brothers
Headlining was Hank and Cupcakes, Tel-Aviv based indie-pop rock band whose punk like drum beats and live show turned dance parties hit the Brooklyn scene in 2008. We interviewed them at 101.9RXP when they were first emerging and four years later they have blown up! And they did not disappoint with their endearing sexual gestures, powerhouse vocals and infectious energy to end the night.
Sweet Potion by Hank and Cupcakes
So what makes Wreckroom stand out from the rest of the social media abundance in the music industry? They are creating a curating experience, people who are going to the Wreckroom know this music is going to be music they like- a music haven. In just a few months, the Wreckroom has recorded over fifty artists with free engineer time, recording equipment, video sessions and you- a built in audience. Wreckroom also believes this music should be shared and offers downloads of all the music recorded at a pay what you want basis. Be sure to check out the other bands who made an appearance at the CMJ showcase-
Blonde Summer- Slow Daze
Slothrust - Sexual Way
and throwing in one of my favorite finds from Wreckroom.tv- Moon Hooch. Who were discovered playing in the subway.
Moon Hooch- Contra
Wreckroom Records: http://wreckroom.tv/
This has been a Chocolate Wasabi Experience.