By Toby Potter
The first time I saw Well Wisher was October 5th 2009 supporting Algernon Cadwallader at Kro Bar, Manchester. I blame them for the chaos that followed their party induced performance.
Well Wisher are a live force you have to experience for yourself. A guaranteed spectacle brought to you straight from the Manchester 5 piece’s gut.
Best known amongst the D.I.Y punk scene for ‘Bringing the Party’ it could have been daunting and fruitless task to lay this raw energy down onto 7″ of plastic.
However from the first 30 seconds of opening track ‘Fill Me, Filmy’ it’s obvious that Well Wisher’s self titled debut E.P is sure to thrill and inspire. The lead guitar melody sails effortlessly around Michael Cahill’s unforgiving vocals. A Chorus made for basement sing-a-long’s draw you in for the upper cut of Ian Breen’s lung baring backing vocals.
Guitarist Andrew Doyle opens ‘Pegwarmers’ with a Cap ‘N Jazz inspired groove, before the pre-empting chorus hoists the song into a 90′s emo accolade anthem.
Live favourite ‘Tops Off’ is a slower paced Braid meets American Football jaunt, that gets you rocking in a psychotic manner. The second half kicks back in leading to a two fists in the air moments with Cahill screaming ‘Take your top off’.
‘White Krunk’ is more Kinsella inspired greatness interjected with a well deserved inter band round of applause. Before drummer Nick Colman and bassists Shaun blast into the home stretch with some Black Flag possessed atonal guitar solo. Cahill screams ‘This time we know what were doing’ a sentiment I concur with. Now, who’s gonna start the human pyramid?!