The Wends

The Wends is the «frustration that you’re not enjoying an experience as much as you should, even something you’ve worked for years to attain» and you feel «as if your heart had been accidentally demagnetized by a surge of expectations».

The Wends represent a new chapter for the Turin, Italy band with the short-lived name of "Smile". The new name reshapes the identity in more obscure and nervous songs that shift from jangly arpeggios to sharper post-punk guitars, and from a melodic singing to shouted, more expressive vocals. From the reflections on everyday life to the quest for an alternative "after the meltdown", seeking what philosopher Mark Fisher called “post-capitalist desire”.

Their first album, The name of this band is Smile (Subjangle/Dotto) was named ‘Italian record of the year’ by and received critical acclaim in Italy as well as several radio airplay in the US, UK, and Spain.

Their first album as The Wends, titled "It’s here where you fall", was released on October 30, by We Were Never Being Boring (US/IT) and Subjangle (SA/UK).

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Events featuring The Wends

Mar 16, 2023
1:00am — 1:50am
Presented by
We Were Never Being Boring
Turin, ITALY