Wreck and Reference are an experimental music project from California formed in 2011 by Felix Skinner and Ignat Frege. Drawing upon the blown-out intensity of black metal and noise rock, they eschew traditional guitar-centric instrumentation to construct songs with digital samples, drums, and voice.
Their latest release is Alien Pains, an homage to Guided By Voices' 1995 album Alien Lanes. Across four tracks, Alien Lanes mutates four GBV classics from blistering lo-fi pop into high-definition, noisy, monstrous tracks. Bob Pollard's lyrics, meditations on self-doubt, betrayal, and modern aviation find new life in Wreck and Reference's harrowing vision.