Jeff Brunell (guitar,vocals), Lizzy Greif (guitar/vocals), Michael Habif (drums) and Tim King (bass) are Wishing Rock. The band shows some talent as well as potential on their release Keep it Wrong.
They are a rock band at their core with well-written songs. The thing that stuck out to me the most were the male vocals by Brunell. I have to give a shout to Greif as well. Brunell has a thick voice that is predominant within the lower range not unlike Matt Berninger from The National or even Bowie.
The music is pretty good as well. They play in the pocket and are dynamic. There were times that I wanted some more flare. I wanted some synths or the guitars to sound a little less like guitars at times. Using Bowie as another example I would tell them to listen to the album Blackstar to get an idea of the types of experimental sounds I think they should think about.
On that note the production is the biggest hurdle for the band going forward. There is some rare music that thrives in lo-fi but this isn’t it. I want to hear nuances in the vocals and the sheen of the cymbals. Almost everything about this music cries to me hi-fi.
I enjoyed all the songs but there were highlights. The most immediate was the closer “Piscataway” which is a great song. I loved the smooth instrumental and the hook is infectious. Brunell sings “and i'd love to hear you say, "he went thataway." / back to piscataway.”
My advice to the band is keep refining their sound and to save up to hit a pro studio. They sound great and a little push in the production department will get them to the next level.
Overall, there is a good amount to enjoy on this EP. This is a band that you should no doubt keep your ears on. I predict good things happening.
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