Wand, in session from only a few hours ago, as part of the Marc Riley program from BBC 6 Music.
Much as I like running older or more obscure sessions from artists and bands, finding a band who cut a session only hours earlier is worth the price of admission.
Wand are, ironically, a band from L.A. – strange how you have to go over 5,000 miles to hear a band from practically your own neighborhood.
Wand are very exciting, and with four albums to their credit, they have just begun a major European tour starting with this live BBC 6 Music date. So when I ran across this session from earlier today, I had to post it tonight, ahead of several stops around the UK, including a stint at my pal Mig Schillace’s Louisiana Club in Bristol, before heading over to The Continent for a series of gigs and concerts there.
Although it would be very easy to classify them as one of the New-Psych bands currently on the scene, they are heading into different and potentially more complex territory, admittedly citing Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band as a major influence, among many others. Previously, some of the band members have been associated with Ty Seagall’s backup band The Muggers, before being recruited into the ranks of Wand.
Together since 2013, and initially forming as a bunch of students from CalArts, Wand have gotten considerable word-of-mouth going in their native Los Angeles and their albums have been critical successes. Not necessarily successful sales-wise, but that’s all a matter of time.
You may not have heard of them, or have been too overwhelmed by the avalanche of albums issued and other artists to really give them notice. I have a feeling that’s all going to change over the next few months.
So, to get idea of what Wand is all about, here is a sample by way of a BBC 6 Music Session for Marc Riley.
(Relatively) New Bands on the horizon – play loud and remember their names.