10 to Watch

The Portland Press Herald recently spotlighted 10 Bands to Watch and among them was The Wrecking. Here’s what they had to say…

THE WRECKING
Last summer, Portland-based band the Wrecking (formerly known as Kingpin Wrecking Crew) released its first nationally-distributed album (through Chosen Records/EMG/Universal Music Christian Group), “A New Abolition.” The album was noticed both in mainstream circles and on the Christian music scene. It peaked at number 35 on Billboard’s Top Heatseekers chart and at number 32 on the Top Current Contemporary Christian chart. A new album is already in the works says the band’s drummer, Darren Elder. It could be released later this year or early next year.

Elder and his brother, Doug, Karl Anderson and Joe McCann view their role as musicians not just as music makers. They look to groups like U2 as setting an example for musicians such as themselves to follow. “What do we leave with?” Elder asks. “I think U2 has set a great example to be socially responsible.” For the guys, being socially responsible, in particular, is to raise awareness of those victimized by war and sex traffickers. They’ve partnered with nonprofit organizations such as Love146, which seeks to abolish child sex trafficking, and ChildVoice International, which assists children in war-torn countries. “We love music, but music in and of itself ,” Elder said with a shrug in his voice. “If we’ve been blessed with a platform or any kind of sway, it belongs to those without a voice.”

Go to www.thewrecking.net to stream audio, watch video and for more information. The band’s next Maine show is at the University of Maine in Fort Kent on March 23.

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