Best New Band - 2012
Robert Jon & the Wreck
Though their residency together at the Copper Door got Jeramiah Red six OC Music Award nominations, Robert Jon & the Wreck were harshly overlooked in their nomination for Best Live Act. A trip through the Americana-esque blues band's live shows would make you think twice about that decision—suddenly, the indignant weight of songs such as "Love Roulette" come off as a little bitterer, emblazoned with something heavier than just an electric guitar and a smooth organ slide. New album Fire Started's surprising eclecticism brings less violence than their name implies. Still, it might prove wise not to cross Robert Jon Burrison and his crew; with songs such as "Tear You Down," the Wreck isn't afraid to use a distortion pedal.