At first listen Burn the Wish by local duo, Great Red Spots, can be mistaken for an album coming out of Seattle in the mid-eighties. But this one was recorded in West Philly’s DIY-spot Sprinkle Kingdom, not on the west coast.
The unabashed, grunge-inspired album is formidable in the way that few other two-piece bands can fill out each song Great Red Spots does on their first full-length. Guitarist and singer Joe Musciano and drummer Sean Sacks play self-proclaimed “fuzz worship.” And the riff on Burn the Wish’s opening, “Sirens,” is exactly that.
Following that is, “Two Other Beings,” quite possibly the album’s obvious single seems to be about putting up a front. Or so is indicated when Musciano sings, “You can lie through this life.” His simple riffs are urgent and powerful and stomp a Doc Martin in punk on tracks like “Consume.” But they gradually build into an over-driven guitar attack on the accessible closer, “Ten Oaths of Ten Colors.”
It’s hard not paralleling the overall sound of this one with grunge classics like Superfuzz Bigmuff or Seattle grunge harbingers like Skin Yard and the Melvins. Whether it’s coming from the west coast or from West Philly, Burn the Wish has enough sludge to get Great Red Spots embedded among the rest of the “fuzz worshippers.”