What a great stoner rock album “Golem” is! The LA based band Wand has the ability to create slow, thick and heavy stoner rock on one song (like the opener Unexplored Map) and then throw an energic song that punches you in the face like a heavy-weight boxer would (the excellent Self Hypnosis in 3 Days). This band can do it all.

Much more talented with finding catchy melodies that the average hardcore or stoner band, Wand can count in Cory Hanson’s dreamy vocals that help their heavy songs take off to new heights. Never does he shout like hardcore singers, never does he mumbles like indie rock frontmen. Hanson flies 8 miles high, especially on the psychic rocker Reaper Invert.

You can tell Wand’s talent as band doesn’t stop with sound when you hear a melodic acoustic song like Melted Rope. Cool and mellow and by no means cheesy. This band should be as big as Tame Impala.

“Golem” is the 2nd album of the band. The Los Angeles band had released “Ganglion Reef” last year, on Drag City Records.

(In the Red Records, 2015)

-Genre: stoner psychedelic rock
-Sounds a bit like Tame Impala, Ty Segall, Mudhoney
Listen to videos on the band’s YouTube channel

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Mélomane invétéré plongeant dans tous les genres et époques, Nicolas Pelletier a publié 6 000 critiques de disques et concerts depuis 1991, dont 1100 chez emoragei magazine et 600 sur enMusique.ca, dont il a également été le rédacteur en chef de 2009 à 2014. Il publie "Les perles rares et grands crus de la musique" en 2013, lance le site RREVERB en 2014, et devient stratège numérique des radios de Bell Média en 2015, participant au lancement de la marque iHeartRadio au Canada en 2016. Il dirige maintenant la stratégie numérique d'ICI Musique, la radio musicale de Radio-Canada.