Stoner undulations from haze-mongers The Wands. The Dawn is hot off the current psychedelic-americana renaissance that appears to be in full swing. Both tracks sound like Ryan Adams, The Doors and The Beta Band got left behind after closing time. Some Indian sounds in there too, why not? Out on vinyl LP and CD from Fuzz Club.
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“Like Suede crossed with the Doors” says our Kim with unnerving accuracy. The Wands are a psychedelic duo from Denmark who fit nicely in with this years penchant for psych wibbliness and 60’s fixated songwriting. If Temples are Tottenham Hotspur in the psych league table then the Wands are Leyton Orient, struggling somewhere in the third tier, hammering out fuzzy riffs that don’t quite stick in the craw.
‘She’s Electric’ thankfully isn’t the Oasis disaster of the same title but is equally bad. The heavily mannered Brett Anderson style vocals sit uninspiredly over some Manzarek organ and guitar workouts. They do have the odd good moment - ‘The Dawn’ rides along pretty nicely on some Syd Barrett like chord changes and has a hint of the melodic weirdness that you need to pull off 60’s aping psych pop. The Wands don’t have the originality though of Tame Impala nor the bite nor the killer hooks, their granny-glassed posturing seems second-hand, as if they’ve learnt everything off wikipedia.
They remind me more of Oasis and Soundtrack of Our Lives than the killer psych bands we know and adore. Not a bad album as such, just a bit uninspiring.
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