Wand is a newish garage rock band from Los Angeles who you may be familiar with from their recent tour with Ty Segall. Their sunshine/psychedelia-tinged fuzz and John Lennon-y vocals recently found a place on Segall’s God? Records. Their latest album, Golem, is a heavy living-room-thrashing beast released by In The Red Records, who are responsible for bringing us some of the biggest names in the surge of garage rock coming out of California these days.
The doomy opening riff on the first track, “The Unexplored Map,” wouldn’t sound out of place on a Thou album, but as soon as the vocals come in you know it’s something else. This sets the tone pretty well for the rest of the album, which takes brief detours here and there, like the seemingly Pink Floyd-inspired fourth track, “Melted Rope.” The second half of the seventh track, “Floating Head,” even sounds like something out of Carrion Crawler-era Thee Oh Sees.
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