NJ Band To Follow - Wishwell

  Photography:  Phillip Shvartsman

Photography: Phillip Shvartsman

This week keeps getting better and better - and it's only Tuesday. New Brunswick, NJ offers up The Hook another freakin' rad bunch of dudes with alt/indie rock group, Wishwell.

Another relatively new band to the scene, Wishwell has been working hard to get themselves out there with a sound that is sincere, calming, and in way too short of supply (if ya ask us). However, regardless of the band's age, these guys are already killin' it. The five-piece includes Kenny Valinote (Vocals, Guitar), Jakub Szczepaniak (Guitar), Tom Risi (Bass), Pat Risi (Keys, Percussion), and Conor Risi (Guitar) to cultivate a sound influenced by post-rock and post-hardcore genres.

Wishwell just put out their debut EP, Reasons, back in February! A stellar 5-track wonder wall of music.

Valinote's voice paired with precise guitar, steady bass, and a trusted drum make for a really centered, focused and professional sounding EP. Reasons was produced, mixed, and mastered by Mike Watts at Vudu Studios in Port Jefferson.

Check out the tracklist below!

  Artwork: Julie Chencinski

Artwork: Julie Chencinski

Reasons Tracklist:
1. Will We Wait
2. Bury Me
3. Cathedral
4. Two Colors
5. Say What

Honestly, it's a stellar EP - one perfect for the Fall, or even right now, we don't care. The lyrics are masterfully done, and Wishwell sounds as if they've been together for years - which makes us really stoked on what the future has to hold for these NJ natives!

The band's been quiet after what looks to be a decent amount of show-playing and touring, but according to social media, things are looking to start rolling hopefully soon for Wishwell - and they better, because here at The Hook we're just stoked to get more. 

As always, check out their social media to find out more, or check back here for future news! We're sure the dudes at Wishwell would love some pestering for some news, send them flowers, compliment their eyes - you know the drill. Links below!

Wishwell: Website // Twitter // Instagram // Bandcamp