Almost two years on from 2017's Plum,
Californian scrap polymorphs Wand are
prepared to launch their fifth, and newest
long-playing record, Laughing Matter.
By now, Wand is the shifting but unmistakable collaboration between Sofia Arreguin (keys, vocals), Cory Hanson
(guitar, vocals), Robert Cody (guitar),
Lee Landey (bass) and Evan Burrows
(drums). Laughing Matter is marked
by the confidence and exuberance of a
band that has lived, feuded, thrived and
grown together through years of dedicated jamming, touring and recording,
across western and eastern states, continents and mind-sets. In this world that
insists we must increasingly rely upon ourselves, Wand listen to each other, and
this is the sound.
Laughing Matter is a record about love in a time of terror, and how
to make the best use of the surveillance technology available today. It calls
you down from panic room labyrinths, to work the deep tissue of unravelling
trauma we all carry so dear. The 15 songs on this record face their energy
outward, to take with you through a common world that can't suffer its
human abusers much longer. Laughing Matter encourages you to shake
hands with your old demons, to lay your pathologies to rest, to hold your
spirit close, and let your body do what's next.