Friday, November 6, 2009

One Last Wish - 1986

Everyone probably knows this band already, and like usual I'm the one late to the party, but if you haven't heard One Last Wish, listen up!

One Last Wish was members of Fugazi, The Faith and Rites of Spring, and obviously sound a lot like Rites of Spring with Guy Picciotto taking up the vocals. It's widely stated that emo bands owe Rites of Spring for helping create the genre but One Last Wish definitely helped bring a lot more melody and pop structure to emo music. The pop influence is evident in songs like My Better Half and This Time, which are bouncy and catchy as hell. The guitar solos in My Better Half even sound vaguely J. Mascis-esque. That isn't to say this record is tame by any means, Picciotto still shrieks and howls over noisy, dissonant guitars, and the bass and drums are still driving but there just seems to be a softer, catchier vibe.

This records was recorded and mixed, but the band broke up before it could come out. At the time, Dischord had begun to get a reputation for releasing a lot of records by defunct bands, so 1986 sat in the vault until 1999 when it was finally given a proper release. Definitely a must for fans of Rites of Spring, Fugazi, and Dischord Records.

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