Recently we caught up with Carl from Melbourne based punk/rock band Wishful Thinking and had a brief chat about their recent tour, the tour coming up and the upcoming release of their very first music video. It went something like this:
>Q: You guys have been very busy for the last few months. Tell us what you’ve been doing since the album release in March.
Well, we hit it pretty hard after the album came out coz we’d taken a lengthy break before its release to just sorta chill out before we hit the road. In the last 2 months we’ve done roughly 15,000kms around Australia going everywhere from Brisbane to Adelaide and a whole heap of small towns inbetween. It’s been hectic.
>Q: Does the fact you're a Christian band put some people off?
It certainly makes things different. I don’t know if it's good or bad. I wouldn't have it any other way, but I do know that as soon as some people hear "Christian" they immediately switch off. Although, when it comes to live shows, I believe people just wanna hear if you're good or if you suck! The live crowd don’t tend to mind so much.
>Q: What are some of your personal influences? Are there any specific
influences that the whole band can relate to?
I have been very much influenced by Rancid, Green Day, Weezer and bands like that. Leigh listens to everything from Saves the Day to Slipknot, and Carlos likes anything that’s punk rock. We all love Mxpx from a long time ago, and sometimes their's is the only c.d. that we all agree on in the tour van.
>Q: What made you choose to sign to independent label Boomtown Records? Are the band happy with the support they've given you?
It was great that Boomtown wanted to sign us. They gave us what we needed to put out a professional looking album. We chatted with them before we signed and knew that they could help us out in a big way, and they seemed like pretty good guys.
>Q: What are your plans for the rest of the year?
We head out on the road again starting October with Sydney’s Blackstump festival, and that’s when we release the video. So if everything goes to plan we should basically be touring non-stop. We’re all looking heaps forward to it.
>Q: What influences your song writing? What makes you want to show your funny side and not just the ever-so-popular "emo" side?
I try to be pretty serious when approaching a song, and try to keep it personal and real. The only thing is that me Leigh and Carlos muck around so much that we always come up with funny stuff that we try to incorporate into our live set, and it eventually finds it's way to tape (e.g. the country song, Priscilla and the new "Chocolate Mouse Song").