The Wants

The Wants

credit: Madison Carroll

The Wants offer a union of downtown New York punk with minimal techno marked by songwriter Madison Velding-VanDam's earnest yet absurdist observations. The group flexes their obsessiveness to earn the tagline "Brooklyn's Most Anxious Dance Party" using skeletal components that interlock seamlessly, a guise of their complexity.

A multimedia project at heart, The Wants see their music as a component of a wider artistic universe designed to communicate their perspective. Velding-VanDam's attention to detail extends to the graphic and product design, marketing materials, and the filming and editing of their video content. He found a wealth of inspiration in "Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort" a 1991 retrospective of American photography.

Each member is highly active in the Brooklyn scene: Lydia Gammill is the egoslob "Gustaf"; Jason Gates drums for veterans "Veda Rays"; and Madison Velding-VanDam is the guitarist and a composer for "BODEGA". Their machine like rhythm section features Gammill's syncopated bass lines locking firmly with Gates' metronomic precision. Between caustically humorous lyrics, Velding-VanDam's guitar thrashes like a deranged Pete Townshend.



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Genre: Electronic
Subgenre: Post-Punk
From: Brooklyn, NY