September 18th, 2015 | Album reviews

1000 Days
Drag City

Wand’s new album is a fantasy voyage into long forgotten rock’n’roll landscapes. With heavy 70s guitar and Jethro Tull-esque arrangements, Wand have taken their brand of garage rock and pushed the boundaries farther than previously this band had shown they could go. Flexing new artistic muscle, the band sets the tone right away with “Grave Robber” and its atmospheric layers and chaotic nature. The album delves into this sound, with the acoustically driven but powerful “Paintings are Dead,” pushing even further into a place where jazz, prog, and rock dovetail. In a place like Los Angeles where every band sounds the same and trends reign supreme, Wand is a wonderful sonic relief. In a short time the band has taken huge steps, and if 1000 Days is even just a hint of what’s to come, we all need to hold on for a wild ride.

—Daniel Sweetland