One Last Wish

by Samuel Barker
February 13, 2000

File Under: Punk, Experimental
rating: B

1. Hide

2. Burning In The Undertow

3. Break To Broken

4. Friendship Is Far

5. My Better Half

6. Loss Like A Seed

7. Three Unkind Silences

8. Shadow

9. Sleep On The Stage

10. One Last Wish

11. This Time 

12. Home Is The Place

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  • One Last Wish
  • One Last Wish formed after the break up of the band Rites Of Spring when Rites members, Edward Janney, Brendan Canty, and Guy Picciotto joined up with Micheal Fellows. This band only played 6 concerts, but made an impact in their short life span. This album was originally recorded back in 1986, but didn't get released until 1999, 13 years after the band played it's last show. Dischord is doing a great job of releasing their musical library. Many new albums are coming to light of fine DC bands from the early to mid-80's. This album is one of the finer pieces of musical documentation to come out of the mix. One Last Wish has a sound that is really ahead of it's time. Until now, these songs were relatively unhear except for "Burning In The Undertow" which was available on the "State Of The Union" compilation. These recordings show beginning ground work for the Emo sound.

    Musically, this album is really tight, and you can tell these musicians were comfortable with each other. The sounds are really eclectic at times, and precise at others. This album utilizes the two guitar tandem of Guy Picciotto and Micheal Fellows to achieve a great sound, and Janney's bass playing is really sweet to listen to. His move from guitar(Rites Of Spring) to bass helps One Last Wish achieve a much more complex, interesting sound. And as always, Brendan Canty is a master of the drum set. He is the rock that keeps the album from going off the deep end.

    Lyrically, and vocally this album is strong. Picciotto's lyrics are tales of emotional triumph, finding answers within, and being a strong person. The beautiful thing about Picciotto is you can feel the emotions in his voice while he sings, you can almost get a mental picture from his tone. which is a great gift. Also, the great thing about this album is Janney sings as well. His voice is much softer, and more refined than Picciotto's which makes for a nice contrast. The best vocal moments of the album are during "Three Unkind Silence" when Janney and Picciotto are both singing the chorus, and you can hear the harmony of these two contrasting voices. It's a truly wonderful sound.

    After the album ended, I was quick to hit play again on this one. A truly wonderful piece of recorded history. Dischord has always been good about releasing older albums from bands long since gone, just so people will have another piece of the beautiful picture that was the 80's DC scene. Cynthia Connolly provided us with the visual depictations of the DC scene, now Dischord is slowly piecing together the soundtrack. And just like a puzzle you want to have every piece.

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