Fountain of Youth Records was a Washington D.C. based imprint that pumped out a slew of releases for hardcore titans Goverment Issue during that band’s eighties reign. Most of FoY’s roster was of the punk persuasion, but there were a couple of anomalies as well, Wishes and Water being key among them. Not much is known about the band, essentially a duo composed of Matt Riedl, formally of Braille Party, and Derrick Hsu, who I believe had a hand in running the FoY label itself. W/W weren’t punk or conclusively abrasive in the least, skewing considerably closer to a singer/songwriter setup. Frankly the bulk of this record is too genteel, even for my tolerant palette. The jangly-ish “Tears” is probably the most creative notion on the record, and recommendable in and of itself. A traipse thru Lou Reeds “Perfect Day” fits like a glove, and the brisk Don Mclean cover that concludes this disk is more stirring than several of Wishes’ originals. You can peruse another critique of Wishes and Water here.
01. Ocean City
03. Perfect Day
05. Choice of Words
06. Oh My, What a Shame
Articles Origin: Wishes and Water – s/t ep (1985, Fountain of Youth)