"The Wreckers Clean Up"
By Jeffrey B. Remz, November 2006
Exerpts from: Cou ntry Standard Time
The likelihood of The Wreckers making a name for themselves on the country scene appeared at odds with reality. Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp - the duo who are The Wreckers - were total unknowns in country music, although Branch carved out a successful career on her own on the pop rock side of the musical spectrum.
But in one of the biggest surprises of the year, The Wreckers have done just that with a number one single in "Leave the Pieces" and a strong selling album.
The Wreckers' sound is characterized by a lot of harmonies with both Harp and Branch taking lead vocals. The emphasis is on the vocals with the music often acoustic based amidst strong melodies.
"It's my first number one outside of a Santana project I did," Branch says. "I think because we worked so hard, it felt that much better. When we first released the record, we asked our managers what would happen with the song. No one really ever told us we had a shot of being top 10. To see it climb up the chart was pretty exciting."
"When Jessica and I met seven years ago, we always told each other that we had met for some reason, and that one day we'd figure out why in the world we'd (been) put together for this life," Branch says. "We were always writing music and singing music together. When the idea first came to mind, everyone thinks it was a completely planned move. It really wasn't. We both had this set feeling that we should try it - do it now and ask questions later."
Rick DePofi and John Leventhal record "Stand Still, Look Pretty" with Wreckers, Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp.
NEW YORK NOISE STUDIOS 2005