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Formed in 2013, Wand is a psychedelic rock band that is based in Los Angeles, California. The band is fronted by Cory Hanson, who takes the lead vocals and plays the guitar. Sofia Arreguin is a keyboard player who also sings, and Robert Cody is the group's guitarist. Wand's rhythm section is made up of Lee Landey on bass and Evan Burrows, who is the drummer. Daniel Martens played guitar in Wand from 2013 until his departure in 2015. Cody was then recruited to replace him in 2016; about the same time that Arreguin joined and the group grew from a four-piece into a five-piece.
Wand's career milestones
Hanson had been working in the band PANGEA for a time before putting together Wand. The band had been responsible for some limited-edition vinyl LPs during his tenure, including Jelly Jam and Living Dummy. Writing his own material, Hanson formed Wand initially with Landey and Burrows, two friends he had known at art school. Soon, the group had enough material for their debut album, which ended up being put out by the Chicago-based independent label, Drag City. In 2014, Ganglion Reef was launched and a tour ensued. Hanson has gone on record as saying that the group was surprised by how warmly they were received by the crowds they played to, having never conducted a fully professional tour before.
In 2015, Wand returned to the studio, with Chris Woodhouse operating as their producer. An accomplished audio engineer, Woodhouse is noted for his work with garage rock bands, including acting as a producer for Ty Segall, the owner of Drag City. Thanks to the energetic manner in which the band laid down tracks, the entire second album was recorded within a 12-day period. The resulting work was entitled Golem. A self-produced work soon followed. In fact, 1000 Days, Wand's third studio album, was on the shelves barely six months following the release of Golem. Around this time, Martens stepped aside due to family commitments and the band continued for a short period as a trio, before Arreguin and Cody joined.
In 2016, with a settled five-piece lineup, Wand continued to play gigs regularly. In addition, Hanson and Burrows played in Ty Segall's backing band for a spell. Hanson also put out his debut solo album, The Unborn Capitalist from Limbo. However, Wand returned to the studio in 2017 when they produced a new album, Plum.
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