"Hailing from Denmark, psych duo The Wands are the aural sound of an acid trip at the blissed-out point when your arms appear to be made of rainbows.” – NME
“Dizzying psychedelia, sparkling 60s vibes given a defiantly alternative twist by this Danish two Piece." – Clash
“Nimble glints of light emanating from the clean guitar noodlings repeatedly poke through the shrouded, reverberating ambience." - The Line Of Best Fit
“Those of you at Liverpool's International Festival of Psychedelia last September will know that The Wands were one of the weekend's highlights.” – Drowned In Sound
Danish song writing duo The Wands embark on a UK/European tour this November with their debut album The Dawn, a record that celebrates flamboyant, hallucinogenic acid rock, propelled by ideas and a, some might say, old-school ethos in terms of their approach to recording. Much preferring the straight to tape method (bolstered by a raft of analogue kit, honest production, and an understanding that this is the only way to get the mix they need) the duo, comprised of childhood friends Christian Skibdal and Mads Gräs, resuscitate 60’s style Psych-rock and inject a characteristically playful Wands slant. Indeed, it’s a record flecked with the remnants of lives spent growing up together; one abound with signposts that point toward a naïve outlook, a childishness even, but a musical maturity and knowingness that only comes from immersion and hanging out with your best friend for 20 years.
On opening track, and current single, Sound of The Machine, they stick a middle finger to the man (“there's an island of misplaced toys / it's a sea of sweet delight / on the planet of misfit boys / they jump at the chance of a good fight”) while former single The Dawn yearns for a simpler time. Similarly, Get It Out of Your System’s effervescent glam romp belongs in the playground, while closing track The Name of The Mountain lumbers to a momentous, dizzying, triumphant conclusion, ablaze with Gräs’ own ever-present but never intrusive wandering guitar.
Through the haze, emerges another thoughtful refrain, “It's the name of the mountain / It's the road we decide / Spending hours counting flowers that we're leaving behind”. This is what The Wands do. They want to “shine a light on all the dark, serious sh**”.
1. Sound Of The Machine
2. And Full Of Colours
3. Totem Part II
4. She Is Electric
5. Get It Out Of Your System (Don't You Wanna Feel Alright?)
7. The Dawn
9. Spell My Name
10. The Name Of The Mountain