Introducing Wishy, a brand new band from celebrated Indiana songwriters Kevin Krauter and Nina Pitchkites. Wishy came to life as a musical partnership between the two Indianapolis musicians when Pitchkites moved back home from Philadelphia in 2021. The two bonded over their love for 90s alternative bands like The Sundays and My Bloody Valentine and soon began crafting their own brand of swirling pop-rock with an introspective, grungy flair.
By day Krauter works as a music teacher, giving drum and guitar lessons to students, while Pitchkites is a seamstress by trade and often makes embroidered merch for the band. While Krauter spent the better part of the last decade cementing his place as a torchbearer of Midwestern dream pop with 2018’s Toss Up and 2020’s Full Hand, Pitchkites delved into her own indie electro-pop project Push Pop, writing songs like “Spinning” that would later be reworked for Wishy. To round out the live band, Pitchkites and Krauter enlisted guitarist Dimitri Morris, bassist Mitch Collins, and drummer Conner Host.
Across two trips to Los Angeles in late 2022 and early 2023, Krauter and Pitchkites linked up with friend and producer Ben Lumsdaine, who had some spare time between Durand Jones tours to record the pair’s newly written songs. The result of their fruitful time in sunny California is the aptly named Paradise, a breezy and melodic EP that puts on full display the songwriter’s musical fluency. Tastefully blending shoegaze, dreampop, and alt-rock into a heavenly haze, Wishy delivers a strong 5-song introduction that’s dense with melodic earworms and stirring sentiment.
Wishy's debut single for new label home Winspear, the driving and distorted “Donut,” showcases Pitchkites' hypnotic vocal and Krauter’s melancholic wash of guitars. Written after a period when Pitchkites was driving on a spare, “Donut” laments the cynical capitalism of Midwest living and the reliance on a car to get around. Of the song Pitchkites says “When you’ve got the possibility of the open road plus the limitations of your shitty car–and you’re stuck driving on a donut spare tire– it’s a Catch 22.”
Throughout Paradise, the band laments on American loneliness and idealism as it relates to our everyday lives. Across the EP’s five tracks, Pitchkites and Krauter trade bittersweet reflections on love and self actualization over vast, scrappy guitar chords. The whole thing feels equally indebted to early aughts alt-rock and ‘90s jangle pop. Wishy’s music is cathartic, yet underlined by a subtle brooding energy—sitting nicely alongside the work of their contemporaries like Momma or Tanukichan, both of whom Wishy will have shared the stage with. Wishy will be touring this Fall supporting Tanukichan, and the band will make their first festival appearance at LEVITATION in Austin, TX. After that, they have their eyes set on finishing their debut album, slated for release via Winspear in 2024.