Live Review: Wand and the majestic mullet

I went to a Ty Segall concert over a week ago and had one of the coolest times.   The show was absolutely fantastic, especially for the price.  The band Wand (who opened for Segall) are on that Ty Segall same-level talent, just not as well known and I need for them to be.

When I got to the show, I walked around to the merch table and saw a group of guys standing and a woman selling CD’s, Vinyl and even tapes for all the bands.  I asked her what genre of music Wand falls under since I had no idea.  She told me that “there is no genre for Wand other than amazing” as she pointed to the guys behind her, informing me that they were in the band Wand.

The most noticeable Wand member was a short man donning a mullet.  I thought to myself “that man has a mullet” and didn’t think much more.

Later, Wand hit the stage and the man with a mullet hair style plopped down on his drum stool and that mullet came to life.  It was like a glowing, majestic halo wafting in the breeze as he pounded away on his drum kit.  Now, I don’t want to say that any member of the band is the most talented but I couldn’t stop paying attention to that drummer.  He is amazing and one of the best drummers I’ve seen live.

Seeing Wand for only 45 min. left me wanting more.

After the show, I had to find out more information about Wand so I listened to their debut album Ganglion Reef, which is available for purchase on iTunes and the Drag City Records website.

Wand is a Los Angeles-based four piece band featuring Cory Hanson on the vocals, guitar and synth, Daniel Martens on guitar, Lee Landey on bass and the mullet god of drumming, Evan Burrows.

Like all of the artists on their label, the band’s fuzzy guitar riffs are apparent while the breakdowns are addicting.  Wand also relies heavily on their talented drummer that gives more of a polished and psychedelic sound that they are going for reminiscent of Youth Wagon, but a harder rock and roll version.

Their album Ganglion Reef starts off strong with “Send/Receive (Mind),” with a loud strumming of the guitar that sounds like a Tarzan call.  But my favorite songs are by far “Fire on the Mountain (I-II-III),” “Flying Golem,” “Strange Inertia (Ctrl Alt Death)” and “On Ganglion Reef.”  It was one of the few times I enjoyed an album in its entirety without skipping a song.  Every song has something different.

If you’re inclined to do so, please check out Wand’s music and see them live.  They don’t have a website, but they do have an album available for purchase and are currently on tour.

If you’re too afraid to make the wise decision in purchasing the Wand album without listening to it first, check out “Flying Golem” on Soundcloud or this decent enough fan made live YouTube video.

 

Additional tour dates

Thu. Sep. 25 – Seattle, WA @ Therapy

Sat. Sept. 27 – Portland, OR @ The Know PDX

Mon. Sept. 29 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop

Tue. Sept. 30 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo w/ La Luz

Ty Segall is too cool for this world

Ty Segall is the type of person you knew in high school who smoked weed in the bathroom before class and who you shunned yet admired from a safe distance.  He is so fucking cool.  He is too cool to have a Twitter presence. He is too cool to have a Facebook presence. He is too cool to have an Instagram presence. He is certainly too cool to be interviewed by me and my lack of coolness. After all, Ty Segall doesn’t need the media; the media needs him. I totally respect that, so I went to his show anyway at the Georgia Theater in Athens, Ga., on Friday, Sept. 13. It was exactly what I mentioned above — cool!

For $17, I went to a four hour show that included two opening bands, Wand and Shade.  In the middle of Shade’s set, I turned around and noticed Segall and his band weren’t afraid to stand in the crowd to watch the entire duration of Shade’s performance. He and his band are too cool for the crowd and too cool to get attacked by super fans because none of them did.

Ty Segall

Once Segall hit the stage closer to midnight, my mind was already blown by Wand (who I will include in a separate review) and I didn’t know what to expect.

Where do I begin?  Segall came out in his signature look, which included make-up straight from the 90s: silver lipstick, white jeans with galaxy designs all over them and a white long sleeve shirt with some sort of what I’m guessing an Illuminati symbol poking fun at the Illuminati because he’s too cool to be in some stupid conspiracy group unless he creates it.  He got the stage ready with his band, which included long-time collaborator best friend, Mikal Cronin.  Once the band was finished setting up, they went backstage and had their manager donned in a cowboy hat, bandana and cape introduce the band.

Segall and company ran out and played an hour-and-a-half set, which was surprisingly one of the better concerts I’ve seen in a long time.  The band is extremely talented with a unique and addicting sound reminiscent of classic bands like The Beach Boys with punk infused.  The show predominantly consisted of songs off Segall’s new album “Manipulator” with older, popular tunes thrown in the mix.

Normally, I don’t enjoy concerts where the talent plays little from their most well known works, but with Segall, I didn’t mind.  He and his band put on a hell of a show live with the fuzzy guitar riffs and heavy drumming they’re known for.  As someone who has been a fan of Segall’s work for a few years now, I couldn’t help but notice that his sound has matured a lot since starting out at 18 and 19.  He is now on a Jimi Hendrix level of guitar playing at 27, but he’ll live longer than Jimi Hendrix because he’s cooler than Jimi Hendrix obviously.  It isn’t cool to die at 27.

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Highlights include live renditions of “The Connection Man,”  “Feel,” “The Singer” and of course “Manipulator,” which the band opened the show with.  The band got the crowd moving to a mosh pit which probably hasn’t happened at the Georgia Theater since probably ever.

I would suggest you buy the album, but I also suggest you buy a ticket to see them live immediately before you have to sell your soul to Ty Segall (because he is cooler than Satan) to afford to see him sold-out arenas.  People are going to catch on.

After the show, I decided to ask Ty Segall myself why he and the rest of the band decide to wear make-up as he stood next to the merch table, sipping on a drink like Arthur Fonzarelli but cooler.  He told me because they are “not of this world” which totally made sense, because that was confirmation that they are too cool for it.

As for me, I’ve been playing “Manipulator” for a few straight days because I miss my time with Ty Segall. I don’t know if I’ll ever get over it.