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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 spin-off 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 their sound with synthesizers and showing a deeper heavy metal influence. Golem was released in early 2015 by In the Red Records. ~ Fred Thomas