Tom Tikka & The Missing Hubcaps – “Wrecking Ball” (feat. Lappe & Nicklas)


A fervent, nostalgic rock success from Tom Tikka & The Missing Hubcaps, “Wrecking Ball” exudes an anthemic outpouring with a dose of ’80s rock nostalgia. Featuring guitarist Lauri “Lappe” Holopainen and vocalist Nicklas Nyman, the track marks another success from the Helsinki-based project of Tom Tikka, also known for his work with Carmen Gray — which Lappe and Nicklas are also a member of.

“Have you heard the news?” the vocals open with a throwback rock charisma, lamenting a heart broken two and a beloved hurting oneself with the “wrecking ball.” A break-up anthem feels apparent within ’80s-friendly nostalgic guitars, as the vocals lament: “It’s hard to stand up six feet tall, when she hurts me with her wrecking ball.”

Anguish and yearning are conveyed within an affecting rock sound, particularly as a powerful vocal refrain traverses into a delectably emotive guitar solo as the two-minute turn approaches. “Wrecking Ball” is an infectious, heartfelt rock success from Tom Tikka & The Missing Hubcaps.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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