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DYING WISH: KNOCKED LOOSE-ENDORSED METALCORE ACTIVISTS PULL NO PUNCHES


Emma Boster, the front singer, from "Dying Wish", talked about the origin of the band. Emma Like to remind: "When you're congratulating me on being a woman who's a musician, it kind of takes away from the validity of my craft, I just think it's weird. I wish people would stop doing it."

Boster hasn't got an easy rise as a singer. Always fighting against a Metal core Man's World. But the Portland quintet hasn't even released a full-length album yet and they were stamped their sound in the last generation Hardcore Metal World, with heavy riffs and a powerful voice, "Dying Wish" possess all the tools, to stand out in the overcrowded scene on their own excellencies.


Boster, self described as a world lover. She grew up in a rural country side of Portland, Oregon. She studied in the uncontrolled environment of racial discrimination, sexism and homophobia. As a beloved daughter of a feminist, Emma was raised with socially progressive actittudes from a young age, she identifies her self-through bands like "No Doubt", "Cramberries", "Avril la Vigne", "Hillary Duff" and or "Kelly Clarkson". As she justly says, "Any iconic female at the time I was super into."


Regardless, she always had a great relation with her mum even with the roughly childhood. Boster mum had her with 19 yo, and before Emma mother's get married, they lived with their Grandparents, for a few years. Her mother relation wasn't a bed of roses. She described as: "It was a really abusive relationship, so they were married for like 10 years and I haven't spoken to him in 10 years."


Emma scarcely had to unlawfully deal with school bullies, purist, and the underlying realization that she was queer.

"I kind of always had a feeling that I wasn't really straight. So I was mad at homophobic and sexist things ... I was kind of angry about nothing and everything at the same time."



Boster found Heavy Metal in Middle High School and was instantly hooked. She starts to listening to "Slayer", "Irion Maiden", "Childrens of Bodom" and "Bring me to Horizon".

With 15 yo, a long time friend gripped her to see an anarchist band called "Punch", that is the connection between aggressive music, leftist politics and the marginalize identities make a big click on her. Now she new instantly what she desired to be. "It was the first time I ever felt like I really belonged somewhere," she reminds.


Emma Bolster remain a devoted member of her School's Choir for many years, she says that was the only thing which induced her to stay in high school: "I had to keep grades so that I could compete and stuff like that." She stands comfortably as a harmony supporter role. It's a funny thing that she never requires to remain a soloist, and the same aversion to being the centre of the attention kept her from pursuing Metal Vocals throughout her teens.

After a live show with some High School friends, where Emma voluntarily gives it a shot, they incorporated a couple of members and formed the "Dying Wish". "I've always wanted to make every word that I say count and make everything really important".


In 2018 a memorable demo "Serration" instantly put them on the map. "Knocked Loose" invited Emma to sing a song in 2019, "A Serpent's Though", in "A Difference Shade Of Blues", she hadalready a ten years of experience, with them. She was floored when they invited her to hop on the record.



"We weren't nearly as close as we are now. But they hit us up and were like, 'Hey, we really want to have you on a song.' And I was like, 'Pinch me.'"


A couple of months later, Bryan Garris, "Knocked Loose" vocalist, pay the favour joying "Dying Wish" in the song "Enemies in Red", and the both bands collaborated on an "Enemies in Blue Shirt", that served as a benefit tee to rise money for Bails Funds.

For some bands, cramming Antipolice-brutality messages into to their brand might registered as shallow opportunism, but, "Dying Wish" are all extremely aware of that, as we could see in 2020 with the song "Innate Thirst", was written by Emma Boster after she saw people co-opt the BLM Movement in Portland for their own selfish reasons. "It's about people who see pain and suffering as an opportunity for their own personal gain", Emmas explained.


She's no talking by talking, but from her personal experience on the front lines of her city's protest movement.

"I went the first day to a protest with flip-flops and shorts and a band tee on"



Without any gigs or social gatherings, to distract her, Boster and her bandmates redirected all of their energy to the protests. "I think it should be the centre of every conversation right now,"shes ays. Naturally, some of that anger translated into Dying Wish's debut album, which they recorded during a month-long stint in New Jersey at the end of the summer and is due out in 2021 via "Sharp Tone" Records. Boster promises "ass-beater choruses," more arena-sized parts and awesome breakdowns.


Dying Wish came from the hardcore scene but their heaviness and newfound melodic inclinations cause them a metal core band at heart. While this younger scene doesn't have the same anti-capitalist foundations that hardcore was built on, Boster and her bandmates are bringing their left-wing ideologies along with them.

"There's many awareness that needs to happen, I'm happy to have conversations and make people aware and it's probably going pissing people off — and that's fine, too."



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