Did we mention that Mind My Gap started with a bunch of rock ‘n’ roll songs?
Some might say that the first seeds were planted around 1992 when Rosto wrote the tunes Together in a Car and Commercial Break for his filmmaking baby steps The Four Trailers of Dog. These tunes are indeed part of the canon, but the year was 1995 when he came up with the first in a series of songs following a loose, intuitive concept about landscapes and crossroads. His group The Wreckers, a noisy outfit of young misfits, performed these tunes live in their most rudimentary shape.
As it happens with bands, The Wreckers ran out of road and, though never officially disbanded, gave up on gigging and trying to conquer the slippery slopes of pop music. But the music did not die. By now, these tunes had inspired the online graphic novel and the short films and reappeared in the guise of soundtracks. The heritage of the group as such found itself confined in My Gap. Producer Thijs de Melker has been accused, and so has Rosto, but it is most likely that Virgil Horn himself chained them to the recording studio. Four pawns in his evil game. After all, he had it all thought out. Unable to claim their bodies, he is most certainly the one capable of holding on to their spirit. Re-baptized, Thee Wreckers (Thee one, Thee only) proceeded to do what the original mortal band failed to do: perpetuating the Geist and recording those damned tunes the way they were supposed to sound. They are done now.
The Wreckers in 1998
Thee Wreckers in 2000
While these 30 Songs from my Gap are supposed to result in a double album of sorts, Thee Wreckers made their first public appearance with No Like Like Home (2008). It was the first of a planned tetralogy, a series of four short films. Each one is based on an individual song and always featuring the ageless spirit alter ego’s of the original band members (W.Walley, W.Rooney, W.Folley and W.Rosto). No Place was still firmly placed in My Gap with the band and Buddybob trapped in a cruising hotel building, but we see them abandoning ship at the end of its follow up Lonely Bones (2013). The third installment, Splintertime (2015), tells how they escape, now that the Gap has closed. But they might not like it. Reruns (2018) concludes Thee Wreckers Tetralogy.
Most importantly, this is what the music looks like. Call it Fantasia for the Rock ‘n’ Roll age, if you will. These are not music videos, since there are no records to sell. When the double album Songs from my Gap will ever be available remains unclear. Visit or befriend Thee Wreckers on Facebook or visit www.theewreckers.com for the latest developments in their war against reality.