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Fresh Wreckage

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Genres: Alternative / Indie / Rock

Location: Columbus , OH

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Members: Bobbi, Brandon, Charles, Harold, and Matt

Biography

Fresh Wreckage is a female fronted American alternative rock band, officially formed in Columbus, Ohio, United States in October of 2010. They began a few years back as a neo soul band called Necessity, a name carried over from high school, and then embarked on a stylistically contrasting alter ego, that they named Fresh Wreckage, in 2010.

Fresh Wreckage's music is a mix of alternative rock, urban, hard rock, and emo rock styles. They refer to themselves as an alternative urbane rock band. The band alludes to influences such as Paramore, Flyleaf, Maroon 5, Switchfoot, Fall Out Boy and John Mayer.

Early on in 2002, High school friends Bobbi Townes, (Bobbi Floyd at the time) Brandon Chapman, and Harold Townes formed a band through Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center's career center program. Under the supervision of their music teacher, they traveled around the Columbus, Ohio area playing for various local events and in local clubs. Later on bassist/vocalist, Matt Seward II, and keyboardist, Charles Beacham, were recruited as permanent musicians. "After we came together, we decided that neo soul and r&b was too predictable so we started experimenting with our church influences mixed with the sound of punk and alternative rock," explains Brandon Chapman. "One thing that I love is that Charles has a great way of inserting alluring, alternative notes and chords to really evoke emotion," says Bobbi Townes.


Early on in 2002, High school friends Bobbi Townes, (Bobbi Floyd at the time) Brandon Chapman, and Harold Townes formed a band through Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center's career center program. Under the supervision of their music teacher, they traveled around the Columbus, Ohio area playing for various local events and in local clubs. Later on bassist/vocalist, Matt Seward II, and keyboardist, Charles Beacham, were recruited as permanent musicians. "After we came together, we decided that neo soul and r&b was too predictable so we started experimenting with our church influences mixed with the sound of punk and alternative rock," explains Brandon Chapman. "One thing that I love is that Charles has a great way of inserting these alternative notes and chords to really diversify the sound in each song and it brings out this beautiful emotion when your listening," says Bobbi Townes.

The band name, Fresh Wreckage, was originally the title of a duo project comprised of Charles Beacham and singer/songwriter Carlotta Michelle Penn. The name was chosen from one of Penn's favorite poems, "Sonnet 29" by Edna St Vincent Millay, where Millay wrote, "...this have i known always: love is no more than the wide blossom which the wind assails, than the great tide that treads the shifting shore, strewing fresh wreckage gathered in the gales, pity me that the heart is slow to learn when the swift mind beholds at every turn."

Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Sonnet_29_by_Edna_St_Vincent_Millay

During that time, Penn defined the combination of Charles's life circumstances, and her supportive contribution to the projects, as Fresh Wreckage. When the two decided to part ways, musically, Penn consented Beacham to carry out the name for his own use. Charles Beacham tells us, "Fresh Wreckage, defined as recent car accident, for example, makes you look and say 'Wow!' or 'Oh my gosh!' so, it ended up being the perfect band name to depict our image." Matt Seward II says, "We want people to stop and look when they hear us play."

All members of Fresh Wreckage are heavily grounded in Christianity. Their belief plays a big part in their music as they are committed to spreading a positive message. It is noted though, that they do not identify themselves as a Christian band. "We are a band of Christians, to be exact... and we express our faith through our music when it comes to us that way," says Harold Townes. Brandon Champan states, "Really, we try not to box ourselves into any one category. Especially since the positive message that we have is intended for everybody."

Fresh Wreckage released a song Message in the Music written about one's need to walk by faith, not by what he sees. The song says to "Close your eyes and listen to the message in the music, faith is all we have left in this sea of empty promises." This is an illustration of how Fresh Wreckage are inspired by life's elements of reality and try to speak positive, even spiritual, encouragement into others through their music.

In early June 2011, Fresh Wreckage pre-released, for physical sale only, 2000, white cover, Limited Edition, copies of their Debut EP, Message In The Music!, including exclusive sneak peak bonus tracks. In late June 2011, the EP was officially released for sale in the iTunes store. The iTunes version of Message In The Music! included the same songs, in a different order, less the bonus tracks, with a black cover.

As of November, 2011, Fresh Wreckage finished recording their single, called Say Yeah at Soundmine Recording Studio, with owner/producer Dan Malsch (Framing Hanley, Tantric), and co-producer, Alec Henninger. Say Yeah is to be the first track on their upcoming sophomore project.

Currently, Fresh Wreckage maintains an easily accessible on line presence and plans to release a full length studio album in 2012.


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