EP Review :: Well Wisher

If you never thought a “Happy-go lucky” emo record would ever exist. Well it does. This is it.

Well Wisher made their Moon and Back debut in “Going Underground” and now they are back with their long awaited E.P. Four slices of dulcet post-hardcore, with heartfelt lyrics and corny song names. Truly a deadly combination.


This release doesn’t wait around, before the first second elapses on opener ‘Fill Me, Filmy’ the listener is already drawn into the tornado that is Well Wisher. Though probably not intentional, there are a lot of catchy line within this song. Vocal lines like, “I dragged the ocean, under seven leagues of shit,” will surely have a bunch of nerdy comic book reading virgins damaging their vocal chords at future Well Wisher shows.

The intensity decreases momentarily for the most part of second track ‘Pegwarmers’ (what is with these song names?) This track is more reminiscent of early 90’s “emo” which the band clearly draw from heavily for inspiration. The musicality of the band can not be shunned, the guitar riffs are intricate and draw the listener into the darker depths of the sound. As much fun as their is within the band and their music, it is clear they are not just “fucking about,” there is more talent in the art these five guys make then in any other band I have seen in the past few years.

‘Tops Off’ would probably be the single if there was one released. It is the most accessible and ‘poppy track’ on the record, but this is by no means a low point on this four track E.P. Quite the contrary. With a heavy feel of the band Cursive, the third instalment will definitely be a crowd favourite if it is not already. A great sing along track that would easily have been at the forefront of a music scene now unfortunately pushed further underground.

The E.P ends with ‘White Krunk’, a great finale which twists, turns and tickles the cochlea of any who listen. It builds into a mass insanity of beautiful noise and is the perfect end to a bloody good E.P. I was afraid the closing words of the review would be something along the lines of, “it doesn’t quite catch the atmosphere of their live shows,” how wrong I was.

Spot On.

Be sure to check out Well Wisher on MySpace. You can download this EP from their BandCamp.

Going Underground :: Well Wisher

This weeks musical cavaliers are, Manchester-based, Well Wisher.

I first heard of the band Well Wisher, working with vocalist Michael Cahill who, in his eternal drunken wisdom, once imparted on me a piece of advice I will take to the grave:

“People need to realise to early 90’s emo music was the best kind of music ever and just start listening to it again.”


It was something along those lines, anyway. This band is exactly that; ‘Emo’ music at it’s best. Reminiscent of sounds before the My Chemical Romancers, before Jessie Lacey and before TBS lost John Nolan and became audio diarrhea.

Well Wisher’s greatest strength isn’t on record, (not that the recorded stuff isn’t wicked!) but during their live shows. They have such an incredible dynamic, you’d think watching Black Flag was a laid back gig. There is humour, great audience interaction and such raw energy in every members enthusiasm for the music they play, not to mention some D.I.Y stunts throughout the set.

Luckily, and the reason this has come out a little earlier than planned, WW are playing at the Oxford this Thursday 29/07/2010 along with half a dozen other awesome bands. No words I write could describe just how cool it is to watch this band play, you can only truly believe it first hand. With such great live sets and an upcoming E.P (which the band aim to have out by late August, if any band was gonna bring back a music scene that truly deserves reviving, Well Wisher are your men.

I give them 5/5 Special Brews, with bonus points for being so damn old school.


Details of Thursdays gig can be found via this link:

http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/event.php?eid=126357054069516&index=1

You can listen to Well Wisher via their Myspace which can be found at:

http://www.myspace.com/wellwisher10