March 16, 2023

Reigning from Southern California, Robert Jon & The Wreck take the Southern rock sound from the east coast and make it their own. Since their inception in 2011, these four native Californians; Robert Jon Burrison (lead vocals, guitar), Andrew Espantman (drums, background vocals), Henry James Schneekluth (lead guitar, background vocals), and Warren Murrel (bass) have been electrifying audiences all over the world with their soaring guitar leads, rich vocal harmonies, and memorable tunes. Simply put, it is difficult to ignore when these talented musicians take the stage.

the five live – photo courtesy of Iain Smith

Little wonder they have made an impact on audiences across the world, where they’ve played a run of sold-out shows and proudly shared bills with talent the likes of Joe Bonamassa, Peter Frampton, Buddy Guy and Rival Sons. 2020’s Last Light On The Highway garnered worldwide acclaim for the band and 2021’s Shine A Light On Me Brother continued their upward trajectory, leading to a collaboration with Journeyman Records. They released two singles in early 2022, Waiting For Your Man and She’s A Fighter. Last September, The Wreck released their latest album Wreckage Vol. 2, which has paved the way for even more new and exciting music.

Since then as usual they’ve been pretty much full-time touring, having wowed the UK in February, currently doing eight dates in the US and they’re back in the UK in the Autumn.

See the recent Velvet Thunder review of their Sheffield gig here:

Not wanting to rest on their laurels, Robert Jon & The Wreck have now released One Of A Kind, a new four-track EP, out on all digital platforms via Joe Bonamassa’s Journeyman Records. Featuring material produced by GRAMMY-Award winners Don Was (Bonnie Raitt, The Stones, John Mayer) and Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Blackberry Smoke, Rival Sons), One Of A Kind showcases Robert Jon & The Wreck’s wide range and dynamic sound.

The EP was recorded at two legendary Studios. Don Was produced at Hensen Studios in Los Angeles (the same studio that gave us legendary albums including Tapestry by Carole King and Blue by Joni Mitchell, and many others) and Dave Cobb produced in Nashville at the Historic RCA Studio A, the same room famous for recording The Beach Boys, Chris Stapleton, Dolly Parton, The Monkees and B.B. King.

more live action – this time, photo courtesy of Manny Manson

To celebrate the release, the band has unveiled a music video for the EP’s title track – see below.

The EP kicks off with Pain No More, which was also the band’s opener on their recent UK tour. Featuring a mean riff and some brilliant slide work from Henry James Schneekluth, the band’s lead guitarist, this is an outstanding riff-driven roots rock track!

Who Can You Love is a captivating, Americana-infused number, where Robert Jon’s voice is simultaneously smooth and gravelly, the quintessential southern rock drawl. He’s just born for it, you get the feeling he can write these in his sleep then let guitarist Henry get to work!

One Of A Kind is a supercharged rock & roll anthem produced by Cobb. “This song started off with a riff from Henry and a riff from Robert, and Dave just kind of took it and flew with it,” the band recalls. “We got to nerd out on a bunch of old guitars, amps and fuzz boxes for this one and really get some fun sounds dialled in as well. Everything happened so quickly working with Dave that we didn’t really even have time to process what was going on! And we were all blown away listening to the end result”. As with their live work, it’s obvious that The Wreck have a whole lotta fun playing and recording together!

The EP finishes with a huge “rabble rouser”, an instant rock & roll classic in Come At Me – it’s a simple song, again writing these tunes seems to come so naturally to Robert and crew, and they provide a ready-made vehicle for fluid guitar work, scorching solos and just general good times jamming!

The One Of A Kind EP is the first taste of a whole slab of material that Robert Jon & The Wreck will roll out over the next year. Prolific songwriters with a wealth of new material who refuse to be constrained by traditional release strategies, the band’s new partnership with Journeyman Records affords them the opportunity to work with the world’s top producers and release a steady stream of high-quality singles on an ongoing basis. Watch this space!