When Something Burns This Bright
Wish Inflicted, an independent band from San Francisco, California is the brainchild of songwriters Brian Cooper and Branden Boyd, playing an introspective, upbeat brand of rock with prominent vocal harmonies. The music has a strong pop sensibility, blending the hooks of acoustic-based rock with the flair of indie and alternative rock textures. While the core is the layering of strong acoustic and electric chord-driven guitar sounds, the depth is provided with additional guitar layering, piano and Hammond organ, and the interwoven basslines -- all supported by solid yet intricate drum rhythms. The band has been influenced by artists such as Toad the Wet Sprocket, Coldplay, Counting Crows, Dave Matthews Band, Radiohead, John Mayer, Gin Blossoms, Jimmy Eat World, and Death Cab For Cutie. But their sources of inspiration are widely varied, fueled by elements as diverse as 60's British Invasion, 70's Funk and Prog Rock, 80's Synth-pop and Metal, 90's Alternative, and 2000's Indie Rock. The sound of their debut album 'When Something Burns This Bright' is something all their own, and a culmination of everything that came before. It is the sum of all of their paths... After humble beginnings playing college bands in small town Oregon and Minnesota, Branden and Brian first bumped into each other in Portland, OR. They worked together to found the music program at the German American School there, and discovered common ground in their musical style. Under the name Vision, they first aired their acoustic compositions on the Northwest singer-songwriter circuit, playing various coffee shops, pubs, and open mics. The acoustic guitar-wielding duo occasionally worked out piano / guitar arrangements for their songs, since Branden grew up playing keys. But alas, the duo was forced to part ways after their collective year in Portland was up. From there, Branden moved to Germany, to form independent Cologne band The Orange Door, along with Nashville vocalist / fiddler Clare Burson, and the band recorded a self-titled album. Brian pursued Northern California solo acoustic shows with other up-and-coming local artists, and recorded the "Ocean Sun" EP with his band, Mayberry. Branden moved on to Washington, DC and built up a following in various acoustic music venues. Though keeping in touch and jamming together whenever possible, the two songwriters continued their separate paths, crafting new songs and steadily gigging. They maintained their friendship, and found various opportunities to collaborate on shows on one side of the country or the other. Eventually their paths crossed once again in the San Francisco Bay Area. With Wish Inflicted, they were finally able to work their best material (new and old) into a full band format. They fleshed out the songs by layering electric guitar sounds in with the acoustics, interspersing grooving Hammond organ and piano sounds, as well. They brought in a phenomenal rhythm section consisting of Emir Simbirdi on drums and Jochen Straub on bass. Emir is an experienced Bay Area drummer, who has backed a number of independent SF bands, and played many prominent venues. Jochen, who relocated to California from Germany, has toured the world playing music, and capably fills out the bottom end with his intuitive and unique basslines. The band began gigging at various smaller Bay Area music clubs, and eventually worked their way up to larger-capacity venues such as Cafe du Nord, Rock-it Room, and Starry Plough. They have been joined over the years by other acoustic-based artists in the vibrant San Francisco music scene, and hosted a long-running songwriter showcase. They have even shared the stage with bands such as Glider (featuring members of Counting Crows and Ryan Adams' band). These days, the band continues playing full band shows around the Bay Area, and has gotten their first taste of touring and playing at festivals. As for recordings; in late 2007 the band released a self-produced 4-song demo -- a combined DIY / studio recording effort -- with drum recording and mixing work done at Icehouse Studios by recording engineer Joey Muller. Early recorded versions of 'Blindsided' and 'On Your Feet' emerged from these sessions, as well as the songs 'Stateline' and 'Clarity.' Then in 2010, they began work on their first full length studio album, recorded at PopSpmear Records in San Rafael, California, entitled 'When Something Burns This Bright.' They co-produced the album along with Bay Area producer Scott Llamas to commit the songs to album format. WSBTB was recorded over the course of more than a year of sessions at PopSmear, involving intensive mixing and tracking work, and was completed in September of 2011. The album represents the end line of this first leg of the musical excursion the bandmates have taken together. The release date of 11.11.11 was chosen by the band, as something that only happens once in a hundred years. We hope you will feel the same way about our music. Enjoy the journey!