Wrecker provides post punk girl party fix

If the Fuel Café were to have a house band, it would be Wrecker.

This three-grrrl posse celebrates and trashes the merits of punk rock with a cranky-loud, fun sound steeped in heavy bass and speedy drums. Just as it says in their press kit, Wrecker is indeed "a welcome departure from the wimpy-ass sounds of the college train to successville."

Recently, the band -- made up of self-taught musicians Carolina Pfister, Jessi Knopf and Jenny Kilken -- signed with Latest Flame Records, a new, independent record label in Milwaukee. This weekend, they will perform a benefit show for the label with three other bands, Troubled Hubble, the Response and Speak to Sway.

Pfister, a visiting Brazilian film student, started the band with Knopf two years ago. Later, they talked Kilken into joining the band, after Mistreaters' drummer Christian left the group. Today, the three lively rockers live in Cudahy and are friends as well as bandmates.

Wrecker has toured from the Midwest to the West Coast and has performed at the popular, prestigious Ladyfest music festivals in both Michigan and New York. They have also played locally at The Cactus Club, Onopa Brewing Company, The Riverwest Commons and The Globe.

Between rounds of jumping jacks, Wrecker answered OMC's questions with the same sass and sincerity that make this band a success.

OMC: Why do you play the instruments you play?

Carolina (bass): Years ago, in another country, in another band, a bass player quit on us, so I picked it up.
Jessi (guitar): I picked it up when I was 16. Why do we do a lot of things when we are 16?
Jenny (drums): After watching many amazing bands with kick-ass drummers, I thought I would give it a try. I had a couple of amazing drummer friends that really inspired me and I felt as if I needed to move some energy within me. Basically, I think I needed to hit something and I thought drums would be better than just getting in bar fights all the time.

OMC: Where do you practice? Any practice rituals?

Carolina: By the train tracks ( on the wrong side!)
Jessi: (Rituals?) Jumping jacks.

OMC: How would you describe your music?

Carolina : Rock. But to be more specific, how about the Spice Girls meet Celtic Frost.
Jessi : Or bass, heavy-mall rock.
Carolina: Or sociable, intelligent, inventive, romantic and easy to live with. Yeah, that's it.
Jenny: OK. How about just rock.

OMC: What bands inspire you the most, both locally and nationally/internationally?

(All of our friends bands locally and nationally/internationally inspire us for various reasons. Kudos to them all! Also...)
Jessi: Zeppelin, Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Sabbath, Pixies, Lemonheads, Joan Jett, Guns -N- Roses, Melvins, Prince, Devo, Madonna, Milli Vanilli.
Carolina: Motorhead, Zeppelin, Chico Buarque, Minor Threat, Plebe Rude, Descendents, Sunny Day, Sabbath, Sun Ra, Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Joan Jett, Bikini Kill, L7, The Who, Los Crudos, Spitboy, 7 Seconds, The Cure, X-ray Specs, Devo, Bjork , Cyndi Lauper, Les Ethiopiques, Dinnosaur Junior, Sonic Youth, Missy Elliot, etc.
Jenny: Articles of Faith, Unsane, Meatjack, Slayer, Sonic Youth, Killing Joke, Joy Division, Peter Hammill, PJ Harvey, Jeff Buckley, The Who, Heart, Johnny Rivers, Joni Mitchell, Al Green, Run DMC, Sugarhill Gang ... Too many others to list.

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