One Last Wish is one of those bands with a very short life and a very strong subsequent influence, but they suffer from the middle child syndrome, as well as their almost twin Happy Go Licky (laughs). Formed from the ashes of the seminal Rites of Spring in May 1986, the quartet (Guy Picciotto, Edward Janney, Brendan Canty and Michael Hampton) broke up in January of the following year, and left – in addition to the mythical shows performed in those months – just a record official, the album 1986.

The record came out on Dischord and was produced by label anti-boss Ian Mackaye, but it didn’t hit the CD shelves until 1999, when – I believe – most mortals, including myself and many other Fugazi fans discovered them (as well as to all the bands involved in this tangle, such as those mentioned in the first paragraph, in addition to Faith and Embrace, for example).

And if the seeds of Emo were planted By the Husker Du and the Rites, here my comrades, they have sprouted. To listen 1986 is to envision a future that would bring Sunny Day Real EstateNation of Ulysses, Mineral e At The Drive-In, to name just a few representatives of this scene that, well, you know where it ended. In addition to emo or post-hardcore, other favorites around here like SuperchunkSeaweed e swim surfing also drank a lot from the source of One Last Wish, mainly in Picciotto’s riffs and vocals.

But as words are not always enough, I suggest that you turn up the volume and press play below to understand through the universal language that music is the force contained in this album.



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