With help from professional musicians, actors, producers and editors who donated their time and talents, McKinney created its latest protest against North Carolina’s House Bill 2: One More Wish. The fictional boy band from the ’90s, who broke up years ago, has reunited to play shows that real bands boycotted to oppose HB2. Basically, One More Wish sees opportunity where others see disgrace. 

After rebranding themselves 1MW and updating the lyrics of popular tunes like “Make Three Wishes” and “JNKA Jeans,” the band plays North Carolina shows that other artists canceled because of HB2. With a venue booked and an audience ready to hear music, it’s…well, worse than disgraceful, considering how awful their music (still) is. The band members and their manager, Ray, are genuinely unaware of their own ignorance, both about the bill and their musical talent.

With help from Adam Elk, John “Scrapper” Sneider, Alex Fulton, Christian Almiron, Darien Shumna and James Beer at Storefront Music, we wrote and recorded four new songs, all of which are available on the band’s website, http://www.boycottbandfilm.com/. Local actors Alex Maiolo, Owen Fitzgerald, Andy Becker, Jon Gartner and Arya Ghavamian played band members in the 12-minute documentary “Boycott Band: The Return of One More Wish.” It spotlights two things: 1MW is a group of morally questionable musicians using the turmoil caused by HB2 to their advantage, and they’re also just not very good.

Their songs are packed with 1998-era lyrics referencing Rachel hairdos, Y2K and digital pets, which don’t resonate today. But because they had little time to prepare for the canceled HB2 shows, they couldn’t produce new material and simply tweaked the lyrics to their 20-year-old boy band tunes.

The point of the documentary, and this band as a whole, is that HB2 has been a total shit show for North Carolina. And having a band like 1MW reunite only adds insult to injury. All efforts by musicians, actors, filmmakers, editors, etc., were donated to encourage people to vote in new state legislators and vote out gubernatorial incumbent Pat McCrory in November.

Go to http://www.boycottbandfilm.com/ to listen (if you can), see the documentary and read scathing reviews. Then, vote.