Ever since Wand’s track ‘Flying Golem’ pretty much knocked me over last year I’ve been keeping an eye on the Los Angeles four piece. That song sounded to my ears like the best bits of Pond and their pre-Tame Impala incarnation Mink Muscle Creek (a band whose track ‘Cat Love Power’ trailed all our NME Awards With Austin, Texas videos this year, incidentally).
Now, they’re back with a new album ‘Golem’ (out on April 6) and a European tour that hits the UK in May.
Here we’ve got the premiere of new track ‘Reaper Invert’, of which frontman Cory Hanson says:
“We wanted to make a song like if ‘Fat Of The Land’ was slowed down to 33 rpm. I can remember recording it…a little bit. Adding a synth that mimicked the sound of rustling leaves in the left ear. Chris [Woodhouse, producer] said, “That’s some artsy shit”. We were destroying his perfectly balanced mix, which was pretty exciting. Daniel [Martens, guitar] laid down some nasty spaghetti-western style guitar which I was stoked on. For this song we tuned the low E string to C because it makes the guitars sound trashy, like KoRn or something. Maybe we should get 7 strings? Someday (sigh).”
Wand play the following UK dates:
London Rough Trade East (May 14)
Brighton The Great Escape (15)
London Old Blue Last (24)
Dorset End of The Road (September 4-6)