7 Songs, 29 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews


Blossoming :)

Out of nowhere and what an amazing surprise! After listening to the single ‘The Gift’ I was ecstatic to hear that Wand is delving deeper into different avenues of sound and songwriting. Evan Burrows’ drumming is phenomenal; a driving force that makes the song speed and drift in the abstract. This is a song to listen to while walking when the sky is blending to pink and purple. Lee Landry’s bass work at the instrumental breaks are poignant and give the song the girth that complements its spiraling and haunting collage of feelings colliding together. Of course it wouldn’t be complete without Cory Hanson’s freeform lyrical poetry that gives the song a transforming visual that fills the imagination with surreal and dreamlike imagery. His vocals ease in and out like a glaze. Sofia Arreguin’s ambient synth and piano work gives the song an extra oomph that blends with the wall of sound only to be juxtaposed, at the finale with a fierce guitar solo that ruptures through screeching like metal in a wind turbine. Hansons guitar work has always inspired me. The way he plays always strays away from the standard and from what I can tell doesn’t stick to a straight rigid pentatonic. It feels different and especially this solo, I can feel something coming out of him. I feel emotion similar to the solo of ‘Driving’ of their Plum Album. The guitar work by Robert Cody and Hanson go from one ear to another with picking melodies that harmonize and give the song uniqueness. This song finds the pocket and it drives hard throughout. And lastly the Album artwork, I feel, really compliments the feeling of the song and possibly the album. I like this route the band is taking and I hope they continue to expand and try different tastes. Thank you for this Wand, it really is a gift, aha! :)


Love this!

Reminiscent of 1980s alternative! Marvelous!

About Wand

Los Angeles-based garage fuzz quartet Wand formed in 2013, pulling together guitarist/vocalist Cory Hanson, drummer Evan Burrows, guitarist Daniel Martens, and bassist Lee Landey as purveyors of sludgy, psychedelic garage rock. They quickly put together an abundance of material that straddled the line between melodic and noise-heavy, issuing split singles with artists like Mikal Cronin and Meatbodies before being signed by Ty Segall to his Drag City spinoff label God? for the release of their 2014 debut LP, Ganglion Reef. Wand embarked on a tour supporting Segall for the release of the album. The band's next album was recorded over a 12-day span by Chris Woodhouse at The Dock in Sacramento, California, and saw the band expanding its sound with synthesizers and showing a deeper heavy metal influence. Golem was released in early 2015 by In the Red Records. Not a band to waste any time, Wand returned before the end of the year with their third album, 1000 Days. Released by Drag City proper this time, the album saw Wand incorporating more electronics into their sound, while integrating their metal and psych elements even further.

They also toured frequently, playing many shows with Ty Segall, who was impressed enough to subsequently play a number of shows with Hanson as an acoustic duo. He also added Hanson and Burrows to his backing band the Muggers for his 2016 touring dates. Thanks to this, Wand was uncharacteristically quiet on the recording front during 2016, with Hanson spending time working on a solo album. The acid folk-inspired, lushly orchestrated The Unborn Capitalist from Limbo was released by Drag City in late 2016. Around that time, Wand expanded their lineup by adding guitarist Robbie Cody and keyboardist/vocalist Sofia Arreguin. This also led to a change in the way the band wrote songs. Where previously Hanson brought finished songs to the rest of the group, now they spent time in their rehearsal space working out songs together. This new style of writing and the new members led to some sonic differences on their 2017 record, Plum, on which the creepy, claustrophobic psychedelia and bludgeoning metal of the past were downplayed in favor of classic rock influences and more expansive-sounding indie rock. ~ Fred Thomas

Los Angeles, CA