The Catalyst

Wand

Live in the Atrium

Wand

Palm Tree

Wed, May 1, 2019

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Catalyst

Santa Cruz, CA

$12 in advance / $15 at the door

This event is 16 and over

Wand
Wand
Wand formed in late 2013 in Los Angeles, CA and got right to work
playing, writing, and conceptualizing a contrarian path forward
–the only viable trail to follow for a rock band that formed in the
twenty-teens (and audaciously named itself Wand). The original
configuration of the band was Cory Hanson (guitar, vocals),
Lee Landey (bass), Evan Burrows (drums) and Daniel Martens (guitar). This was the group that recorded the neuroplastic,
dusk-colored Ganglion Reef. Upon hearing it, the suits at GOD?
Records demanded the opportunity to release it, and the rest
became irrevocable historical fact in 2014. That debut release
launched a year of furious activity and near-constant touring, and
included the recording and release of both their second and third
albums: the strobing sledgehammer Golem (on In the Red), and
the psilocybe flicker show 1000 Days (on Drag City). During this
time, Daniel left to focus on raising his son, and the remaining
three members of Wand regrouped as a trio, with an auxiliary
fourth piece for tours.
Following a dizzying 100+ dates played in North America and
Europe in support of 1000 Days, Wand took a six-month deep
breath at the beginning of 2016. Cory put together a string laden
solo album, The Unknown Capitalist From Limbo (released
later that year), and Evan focused on writing and touring with
his band Behavior. Meanwhile, Wand’s barely-perceptible pause
had a deeper agenda—Evan, Lee and Cory had sensed the
need for a new alignment, a fabulous new mutation of the body
Wand. Sofia Arreguin and Robbie Cody were recruited to play
keyboards and guitar respectively, with the intention of reimagining the band’s approach to writing and performance. A period
of intense woodshedding ensued, both in the practice space and
on stages around the world, out of which the records Plum and
“Perfume” emerged.
The writing process that evolved during the tumultuous seasons of Plum and “Perfume” incorporated a new emphasis
on econo-jamming and democratic decision-making; another
new method of invention, another new mode of digestion. Plum
dropped in the fall of 2017, “Perfume” in the spring of 2018. With
the success of this music, the band forged on with confidence,
stockpiling dozens of pieces and working them together as a
unit. They made the most of their 2018, taking in deep bubbles
of time to tinker and experiment with their sound, using several
different spaces as well as their own home studio, and patiently
uncovering the exciting alchemical balance that would bring all
this work together as a whole. By the turn of autumn, Wand had
arrived at the width and breadth, the breathless wit of their new
album—Laughing Matter.
Cory and Evan opted to write all of the lyrics on Laughing
Matter collaboratively. The lyrical and musical shades vary between Wand’s darkest nights, and most pastoral days. There’s a
matured, diverse emotional scope on Laughing Matter that has
not been so naked on any Wand record before it. This is a record
that takes every turn, feels every thought, eagerly attempts to break
every convention, and joyously recombines the familiar territory.
This is a record with love as a center. With friendship—especially
its most difficult, dysfunctional forms—as foundation. And with
music—the dedicated jamming of five autodidact musicians—as
its guiding principle.
Laughing Matter was recorded by Enrique Tena Padilla,
assisted by Zac Hernandez at Sonic Ranch, West Texas. It was
mixed by Wand and Enrique Tena Padilla. Three members of
the band sing on the record. It lasts one hour, seven minutes and
thirty-seven seconds across two vinyl discs, one compact disc,
one cassette, or continuous digital stream.
This is a headphone record. A hi-fi record, against all common
sense. A double record, but the songs are sweet. Each one tries
to hold a small idea. We all put our hands on the wheel, then
took turns letting go. And where you believe, you see. Or are you
losing the shape? The user escapes from the toolkit for ease. We
knew how to do it through practice. And we had plenty of help. We
drank a lot of alcohol and caffeine. We worked all night, talked
a lot of shit, and tried to impel the old dream. And could we be
called away? What could we really hold in common? We all put
our hands on the wheel, and we steered the machine.
Venue Information:
The Catalyst
1011 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA, 95060
http://www.catalystclub.com/