Canada's answer to Deerhunter - here's basement noise poppers WISH


From a dank* Toronto basement comes some pretty stoned out psychedelic dream pop by newbie foursome WISH. Brainchild of musical whiz kid Kyle Connolly, he pulled together a few mates from wicked local bands like Milk Lines, Breeze, Beliefs, Decades and Lobby (starting to see the pattern there?) and made himself a supergroup. Recording their self-titled debut album WISH in just two days, spontaneity runs amok, making their free-flowing psychedelia all the more awesome.

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Track after track after track of drawly medleys, floaty riffs and stoner vocals stupefy the senses and throw you down a 37-minute haze: prepare to tumble into Toronto’s WISH.

Plunging into a cellar of psychedelic sounds, opener The Days collides with a whole lot of spacey guitars, messy fuzz and lo-fi vocals. Hazy second track Nothing To Say is a more blurred mix of psych and pop. Rolling out a floaty bassline, it knocks about some sleepy harmonies and sways them in and out of their dream-filled slumber.

Stumbling into a bit of stoner rock, Slacker and Retro Grade are bass-heavy tunes full of grungy riffs that’ll drive you even deeper below ground. Acidic instrumental number Frances In Space then bashes about all sorts of rough edged sounds. Taking us down a mind-bending tunnel, rowdy guitars rock out in this tune’s swirl of fuzz and reverb.

By the time you surface with stripped-down psychedelic closer Only Wondering, you are kind of left wondering where the hell those 37 minutes went. Connolly’s comped up vocals smashed with the band’s “screw it” brand of noise really are a hypnotic combo that’ll make you zone out track after track after track. So just a heads up, you’re probably gonna get lost in WISH’s basement of mesmeric sounds.

Psych dream pop with the Toronto trimmings, WISH muck around with a lot of free-flowing jamming goodness in their debut album. If you like some stoner rock with your psych then this one’s definitely for you. Catch ’em at Pop Montreal on September 18th, alongside The Dirty Nil, Doomsquad, Weeknight and etiquette.

*Such an apt use of the word…


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