Wish Hounds are a Post-Punk/Alt.Pop outfit from Exeter.
Wish Hounds are a Post-Punk/Alt.Pop outfit from Exeter. Formed in January 2017, the band have played extensively throughout the South West of England and released their debut E.P ‘Onlooker’ in 2018. Inspired by artists such as The Cure, The Smiths, Depeche Mode and more, the band’s music evokes romance, whimsy and Old English melancholia, through bittersweet lyrics, shimmering guitars and a driving rhythm section.
The original lineup of Wish Hounds consisted of vocalist Kashi Gill, guitarist Angus Mansell, bassist Chris Harwood and drummer Lewis Harwood. After re-establishing themselves among the local live circuit the band released their debut single Avalanche in September 2017. The single was widely praised for its 80’s inspired guitars, strong melody, and powerful vocals. Avalanche was followed in May 2018 with the release of the band’s debut E.P Onlooker.
While the release of Onlooker was a cause for celebration, 2018 saw the gradual distancing of Gill from the rest of the band, focusing much of his time on volunteer work in Calais. Gill left the band amicably in early 2019, after which saw Mansell take over the duty of vocals and the recruitment of Joe Jenner on additional guitar and samplers, bringing a further dimension to the band’s sound.
The new lineup played through much of 2019 and in October entered Exeter’s Studio 54 to begin the recording of two new singles. The singles were recorded in two session some 5 months apart, with guitars and vocals being completed on the 15th of March 2020, less than a week before the full extent of the Coronavirus Crisis would unfurl. Unable to oversee production of the tracks by producer Ben Green (Pattern Pusher, Fusea), the band were left in limbo throughout 2020.
Come 2021, and with a light at the end of the tunnel for the pandemic, Wish Hounds returned in August 2021 with new single Thoroughbreds and a live show at Bristol’s Zed Alley, with more live dates to come.
AM – August 21