In the year 2019, it is very easy to get “cancelled”by anyone on the internet. Indie rock band, The Wrecks, unfortunately know a thing or two about this. The band has spent the most of 2019 working on their debut LP, set to release in 2020.
After a rough end to 2018, singer Nick Anderson knew that in order to be successful he had to take a step back and figure out how to become the best version of himself. During the band’s winter headline tour in support of their sophomore EP, ‘Panic Vertigo’, there was an instance where some inappropriate and racially insensitive jokes were made onstage by Anderson.
When this happened, their fandom split into two groups. There were the group of people who decided that The Wrecks were “cancelled” because of this, and then the group of people who knew that Nick did not mean any intentional harm, and just had bad judgement at the time. As someone who has met Nick and the rest of his band (Billy Nally: drums, Nick ‘Schmizz’ Schmidt: guitar and Aaron Kelley: bass) on many different occasions, I immediately jumped to the band’s defence.
When things like this happen, I try to take a few things into consideration before final judgement:
- Is this the typical behavior of said person, or did it come as a surprise to you?
- Did they genuinely mean this? Was it an accident? Did they have time to think about their decisions and how they would affect others?
- Have you met this person? If yes, what were they like when you met them? If no, what have others said about meeting this person?
- Is it Donald Trump level terrible? If yes; run.
If you’re unfamiliar with “cancel culture”, here’s a quick rundown of what you’re missing out on. Spoiler Alert: you’re not missing much.
When someone (in this case, The Wrecks) does something involving questionable or insensitive decisions, those trying to cancel them make it their mission to “end their career”. It consists of sending foul-mouthed tweets, blowing things way out of proportion and doing whatever it takes to spread the word about the person’s terrible actions that in their opinion, can never be forgiven.
You can imagine the year the band had as a result.
All of the members of The Wrecks have seen countless terrible things said about them, their character, and their band. Multiple apologies were issued from Anderson (one of which is since deleted, but can be found in the video posted) and you can sense the remorse getting deeper with time.
In the video, Nick takes the time to show viewers in depth how deeply sorry he feels about this. He shows videos of the comments that started this (and warns you how far to skip if you don’t want to see them (which I was a huge fan of), reviews his apologies and at the same time walks you through his mind. What was going on at the time, what is going on now, and how he got between point A and point B.
The part that I have to say I admired the most was when he mentioned an incident from a show some time after that. A fan brought something that he said to his attention and told her that it didn’t offend her and she thought it was funny. The joke could have easily offended her, and after thinking about it he realized that a moment came up where someone could have been uncomfortable at his band’s show. He then apologized to the fan in the video and went on to discuss the fact that he never wants someone to feel uncomfortable at a Wrecks show. If you ask me, admitting all of this while issuing an apology about a similar subject is really admirable.
Fans are coming back
Fans overall seemed to have a positive reaction to the 7 minute apology, some who disowned the band after the 2018 incident said that they would give the guys another shot. It warms my heart to see fans coming back and giving second chances.
Overall, I’m glad to see a band I look up to become stronger. I’m glad to see guys that I have seen torn to shreds looking on the bright side of things. It feels good to see my friends happy and optimistic about their future. Please watch this video. Please give these guys a chance. I promise you, you won’t regret it.
Nick if you read this- Thank you. It’s been a pleasure to watch you grow and become a better person from all of this. I’m so unbelievably proud of you. You’re one of the most important musicians in my life. I can’t wait to see what 2020 has in store for The Wrecks. Try to remember how important you are.
Featured Image: The Wrecks on Facebook