Wand – in session for Marc Riley – BBC 6 Music – September 10, 2015 – BBC 6 Music –
Wand to kick off the week, in session for Marc Riley and recorded on September 10, 2015 for BBC 6 Music.
It’s not surprising; you run across a band you like and you realize they are locals – and realizing you had to go some 6,000 miles in order to hear them. Such is Music and high-tech.
Wand are an L.A. Band – they’ve been together since 2013 – and this session from 2015 puts them right in the middle of promoting what was their third album, 1000 Days (which came out on September 25th of that year).
Much interesting music to dive into – a lot of repeated plays.
A bit of background on the group via Wikipedia:
Wand is from Los Angeles, California, United States and formed in 2013. The band consists of Cory Hanson (vocals, guitar), Sofia Arreguin (synth, vocals), Robert Cody (guitar), Lee Landey (bass) and Evan Burrows (drums).
Since their formation, the band has released five albums in five years: Ganglion Reef (2014), Golem (2015), 1000 Days (2015), Plum (2017) and Laughing Matter (2019).
Prior to forming Wand, vocalist and guitarist Cory Hanson performed under the moniker W.H.I.T.E. Hanson also played guitar with Mikal Cronin, and in the bands together PANGEA, and Meatbodies. Working on the songs that would become the band’s debut album, Ganglion Reef, Hanson subsequently re-recorded his material after forming Wand with former art school classmates Lee Landey and Evan Burrows: “[I] found a band, and we re-recorded everything and then just started playing… really intensely.” Regarding the band’s name, Hanson noted: “We wanted a name that was kind of empty, like a wand is more of an idea, like a magical tool; it’s a means, a vessel to execute a superhuman thing.”
Wand released the album on fellow-garage rock act Ty Segall’s Drag City imprint, God? Records, and subsequently supported him on tour. Regarding the experience, Hanson stated: “[The tour] was great, it was a little bit crazy for us because we’ve never toured before. And the turnout—it was just a lot of people, and we were all surprised by how warmly received, how receptive everyone was to hearing us play because no one had ever heard us before. And Ty’s super fun to tour with.”
Starting a few days ago, Wand have hit the road in serious fashion, starting in Tucson on September 1st and winding up (so far) in San Francisco at the end of October – I suspect there are more dates forthcoming.
At any rate, a band you need to catch – and further evidence I need to keep an eye out for my own neighborhood to see what’s going on.
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