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Wishful Thinking

Hello Wishful Thinking, thanks for your time. Would it be possible to introduce your band to our readers, as well as your roles in it?

Hi there, my name is Carl and I’m the lead singer, guitarist and primary songwriter in WISHFUL THINKING. We’re a punk rock band from Australia. Lachlan is on guitar, Al is on bass and Leigh plays drums.

With a worldwide pandemic going on, how have you handled the management of your band over the past few months?

It’s been tough. We got back together 18 months ago after a 13-year hiatus and we were ready to get back on the road when then this stupid pandemic came upon us. We managed to get some studio time right before the lockdowns started so we’ve been releasing our EP slowly to try and drag out the buzz, but it’s getting harder day by day.

You’ve recently released a new single, titled “One More Time”. What’s the story behind this song?

It’s a song I wrote about a couple in a toxic relationship who can’t seem to get their shit together and just break up. It’s not about any couple in particular, just a mash-up of couples who I’ve known in my life.

Can we expect a music video for this single in the near future?

That’s one of the many drawbacks of being in lockdown. Two of our members live in Victoria and two of us are in QLD so videos are off the table for the time being. You can expect lyric clips until this mess is over.

This song is the title track from your new EP, set to be released on November 13th. How long have you worked on this release?

It’s been a slow but fun process over the last 8 months. We recorded the drums in Melbourne with our old friend David Carr and then we just recorded the rest in our homes on our laptops. I should be grateful that we can do this but ultimately, I just get grumpy because we never get to jam together. When we were on tour in January we caught up with another old friend, Ian Miller, who offered to mix the songs and we loved what he brought to the process.

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Are there any fellow upcoming bands that we need to watch out for in the Australian pop-punk scene?

We actually have an “Aussie Underground Punk” playlist on our Spotify page that will introduce you to all of our aussie favourites. Make sure you check it out if you’re looking for great aussie punk.

The last words are for you. If you have any other projects in the making or a message to convey, here’s your chance to talk about it!

Recently, I’ve been recording cover songs from bands that we used to gig with many years ago. These are all songs that have stayed with me over the years and I’m currently putting them out on our YouTube channel and asking some of the original members of the band to play on them with me. It’s been a bit of a blast from the past. We’re also getting ready to release an up-to-date version of one of our old songs called Victoria. Until then, be kind to each other and for god’s sake wear a mask!

Thanks for your time!

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