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Tom Tikka & The Missing Hubcaps: ‘Wrecking Ball (featuring Lappe & Nicklas)’

TOM TIKKA & THE MISSING HUBCAPS on Wrecking Ball (featuring Lappe & Nicklas) single cover art

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Marking Tom Tikka & The Missing Hubcaps‘ inaugural appearance on our platform, we embark on a journey to explore the depths of their musical prowess. With their second release of 2024, “Wrecking Ball” emerges as a fitting successor to the stellar “California Smile,” a testament to their consistent artistry.

Tom Tikka, a luminary of the music scene and former Sony/BMG songwriter renowned for his collaborations with Carmen Gray, ventured into a solo career in 2020. Since then, he has unleashed three lauded albums and landed six Top 10 hits, among which “Doormat” and “With Eyes Closed” claimed the coveted #1 position.

Under the enigmatic guidance of Tom Tikka, The Missing Hubcaps unleash a sonic whirlwind with their latest offering, “Wrecking Ball.” With Lappe and Nicklas joining forces, the track harks back to the golden era of ’90s rock, where guitars reverberated and emotions ran untamed.

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Tikka’s acclaim extends across esteemed platforms such as Huffington’s Thrive Global, Authority Magazine, and Melody Maker Magazine, while his music videos have garnered acclaim at international film festivals. Notably, he is a recipient of two ISSA Awards and a nominee for Josie Music Awards and Hollywood Music in Media Awards.

From the opening chord, “Wrecking Ball” by Tom Tikka & The Missing Hubcaps throws you headfirst into a dive bar’s heart. The lyrics paint a picture of heartbreak with a sardonic twist. The line, “Have you heard the news in ‘I Don’t Care Tribune’? A girl full of herself just broke my heart in two,” sets the scene with a bitter chuckle. It’s a sentiment most listeners can relate to, that sting of betrayal delivered with a casual shrug.

Nicklas Nyman’s vocals, rough and raw with a gravel-like texture, intertwine with Lappe’s scorching guitar riffs. The resulting sound is a glorious cacophony, a sonic rebellion against the blandness of modern music. It’s a wrecking ball of emotion, shattering the monotony and leaving you exhilarated in its wake. The lyrics become even more poignant against this backdrop: “She took my money in exchange for pain.” There’s a brutal honesty here, laying bare of the emotional toll a manipulative relationship can take.

The chorus explodes like a gut punch – raw, unfiltered, and utterly captivating. It’s a tattoo etched onto your soul, the lyrics (“Until the day I die, she’ll be my Siamese twin“) binding you to the song’s core. Nicklas Nyman’s warm tones act as a counterpoint to the storm, creating a dynamic that’s reminiscent of a classic rock symphony at its finest. The line, “I can’t take it anymore when she hurts me with her wrecking ball,” perfectly encapsulates the push-and-pull of this toxic relationship.

Tom Tikka on a guitar, RICKEN BACKER

One of Tom Tikka’s greatest strengths as a songwriter is his ability to craft songs devoid of filler. Every moment in “Wrecking Ball” serves a purpose, keeping you engaged from start to finish. It’s a testament to the meticulous attention to detail displayed by Tikka and The Missing Hubcaps – every note, every nuance, feels deliberate and contributes to the overall experience. “Wrecking Ball” is a potent dive into bittersweet nostalgia and raw emotion. It’s a reminder that rock and roll, at its core, is about capturing the messy beauty of life, scars and all.

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