credit: Dan Koretzky
By now, Wand is the shifting but unmistakable collaboration between Californian scrap polymorphs Sofia Arreguin, Cory Hanson, Robert Cody, Lee Landey and Evan Burrows. Their new album, Laughing Matter, is marked by the confidence and exuberance of a band that has lived, feuded, thrived and grown together through years of dedicated jamming, touring and recording. In this hyper-individualistic world, Wand listen to each other, and this is the sound.
Largely recorded on the infamous southern border of broken, decadent America, Laughing Matter belongs to the after-life. After the dull flood. As rock n roll lurched sideways and fell away, drunkenly lost in a funhouse mirror of…recycled Funhouses. With no major label funding, no management or lawyers, no corporate distribution, and near zero social media presence, Wand have toured the world a bajillion times in five years and made four varied and compelling records, accumulating a devoted following. There may be a future in rock music beyond slapping rote regurgitations onto a lifeless syntactic grid. With devotion and time, the seeds you plant with intention and care grow back into the world.
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