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      May 1, 2019

      Wednesday   9:00 PM

      1011 Pacific Avenue
      Santa Cruz, California 95060

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      Wand formed in late 2013 in Los Angeles, CA and got right to workplaying, writing, and conceptualizing a contrarian path forwardthe only viable trail to follow for a rock band that formed in thetwenty-teens (and audaciously named itself Wand). The originalconfiguration 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 restbecame irrevocable historical fact in 2014. That debut releaselaunched a year of furious activity and near-constant touring, andincluded the recording and release of both their second and thirdalbums: the strobing sledgehammer Golem (on In the Red), andthe psilocybe flicker show 1000 Days (on Drag City). During thistime, Daniel left to focus on raising his son, and the remainingthree members of Wand regrouped as a trio, with an auxiliaryfourth piece for tours.Following a dizzying 100+ dates played in North America andEurope in support of 1000 Days, Wand took a six-month deepbreath at the beginning of 2016. Cory put together a string ladensolo album, The Unknown Capitalist From Limbo (releasedlater that year), and Evan focused on writing and touring withhis band Behavior. Meanwhile, Wands barely-perceptible pausehad a deeper agendaEvan, Lee and Cory had sensed theneed for a new alignment, a fabulous new mutation of the bodyWand. Sofia Arreguin and Robbie Cody were recruited to playkeyboards and guitar respectively, with the intention of reimagining the bands approach to writing and performance. A periodof intense woodshedding ensued, both in the practice space andon stages around the world, out of which the records Plum andPerfume emerged.The writing process that evolved during the tumultuous seasons of Plum and Perfume incorporated a new emphasison econo-jamming and democratic decision-making; anothernew method of invention, another new mode of digestion. Plumdropped in the fall of 2017, Perfume in the spring of 2018. Withthe success of this music, the band forged on with confidence,stockpiling dozens of pieces and working them together as aunit. They made the most of their 2018, taking in deep bubblesof time to tinker and experiment with their sound, using severaldifferent spaces as well as their own home studio, and patientlyuncovering the exciting alchemical balance that would bring allthis work together as a whole. By the turn of autumn, Wand hadarrived at the width and breadth, the breathless wit of their newalbumLaughing Matter.Cory and Evan opted to write all of the lyrics on LaughingMatter collaboratively. The lyrical and musical shades vary between Wands darkest nights, and most pastoral days. Theres amatured, diverse emotional scope on Laughing Matter that hasnot been so naked on any Wand record before it. This is a recordthat takes every turn, feels every thought, eagerly attempts to breakevery convention, and joyously recombines the familiar territory.This is a record with love as a center. With friendshipespeciallyits most difficult, dysfunctional formsas foundation. And withmusicthe dedicated jamming of five autodidact musiciansasits guiding principle.Laughing Matter was recorded by Enrique Tena Padilla,assisted by Zac Hernandez at Sonic Ranch, West Texas. It wasmixed by Wand and Enrique Tena Padilla. Three members ofthe band sing on the record. It lasts one hour, seven minutes andthirty-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 commonsense. A double record, but the songs are sweet. Each one triesto hold a small idea. We all put our hands on the wheel, thentook turns letting go. And where you believe, you see. Or are youlosing the shape? The user escapes from the toolkit for ease. Weknew how to do it through practice. And we had plenty of help. Wedrank a lot of alcohol and caffeine. We worked all night, talkeda lot of shit, and tried to impel the old dream. And could we becalled away? What could we really hold in common? We all putour hands on the wheel, and we steered the machine.

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