Sacramento/LA duo Wreck and Reference, a band comprised of drummer Ignat Frege and multi-instrumentalist Felix Skinner, make dark, experimental music that is both cathartic and uncompromising. It is filthy, harsh, and wonderful. The duo’s debut Black Cassette EP initially caught the attention of SF imprint The Flenser and the label reissued the release on vinyl in 2011. Last year the band released the No Youth LP and the subsequent No Content 7-inch which proved the band a force to be reckoned with.
Ghettoblaster caught up with Skinner to ask about his list of highlights in 2013. This is what he told us.
Events that temporarily occluded the void:
Dean Blunt’s two dissociative monuments and spectral appearance at Complex.
Moin’s shatteringly good and far-too-short EP, Raime’s harrowing and ending-just-before-I-had-an-actual-nervous-breakdown live performance.
Carey Mercer’s good news.
Locrian’s Eternal Return.
Discovering Limmy’s Show.
Circle and Mammifer’s luxurious haunting.
Deafheaven performing Dream House to a clamoring, enraptured swarm.
Planning For Burial performing his heartbreaking new album.
Our supportive friends/bands/audiences/tour saviors.
The Act of Killing.
Nick Cave giving hope to aging.
(Visit Wreck and Reference here: https://www.facebook.com/wreckandreference.)