KEXP Album Premiere: Wand – 1000 Days

photo by Brian Pritchard

photo by Brian Pritchard

Considering their output (3 albums in 13 months), you won’t be surprised to learn that Wand are pals with Ty Segall. The LA trio released their debut, Ganglion Reef, in August last year on Segall’s Drag City imprint, GOD?, which they followed up in March this year with Golem, on Ty’s sometime label In The Red. Half a year later, they’re back with 1000 Days on Drag City official (who, yes, released Ty Segall’s last LP). Despite the connection, Wand has grown from its petri dish origins and emerged fully formed, yielding their own hook-filled take on ’60s-steeped psych-rock, spacey folk pop and fuzzy garage rock. Though counting nearly twice the band’s current history, 1000 Days encapsulates the trippy, mercurial nature of the previous albums while introducing whirling synths the otherwise organic mix. The result is time-traveling head trip that seems to warp 1000 years back and beyond.

You can pick up 1000 Days in actually 8 days, when it’s released next Friday, September 25, on Drag City. Then in 45 days, you can catch Wand when they play at the Narwhal in Seattle on November 1. But today, right now, you can hear the entire album in this advance preview:

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