posted September 8th, 2022

With 2020 hindsight (and magic mics), we spy with our AV eye, Wand, in their late Plum/Laughing Matter quintet style, rolling up the west coast and rolling out the magic carpet rides on the upcoming live double album, Spiders In The Rain. These early 2020 nights spent communing with the crowds and jamming toward infinity with promise that we’ll meet again, on other nights like this further on down the Möbius strip. But you KNEW this!

Spiders In The Rain is Wand at the top of their game and “Blue Cloud” is a perfect summation of what Wand does best. This new reading of the tune off 2017’s Plum is an enchanted moon-cloud rising with silky langour, drifting far away from the blues-strewn gutters of its forebears, while an enraptured audience follows them over the rooftops, lending the incredible weight of listening to the sound in the room. And that's heavy! Stretching out the groove for over eleven minutes, the live version of “Blue Cloud” is teeming, dense and wildly multi-chromatic.

He can play and sing like no one else, but dig - Wand guitarist and vocalist Cory Hanson gettin' down with the dogmatic ideo-logic: “The live show has always been a means of cracking open the hi-fi-neuroticism of our studio records; to reach back into the essence of what made the composed music possible to begin with, and tap that essence as the basis for expressive unison improvisation, Spiders in the Rain is a document of our live efforts, and I do believe it is our strongest record until we can produce a studio LP that adequately captures and expands on what is essentially displayed here.”

Hup! Dancing on the stringtops with a weaving guitar tone, generous melody flying above modulating progressions with ease, “Blue Cloud” comes alive! Listen to this version above and pre order your copy of Spiders In The Rain before 10/28 comes alive. 



9/8/22 The Blue Room at Third Man Records Nashville TN*

9/10/22 The Neighborhood Theater Charlotte NC*

9/11/22 DC9 Washington DC*

9/13/22 Johnny Brenda's Philadelphia PA*

9/14/22 Brooklyn Made NY NY*

9/15/22 Tubby's Kingston NY*

9/16/22 SPACE Portland ME*

9/17/22 Bar Le Ritz PDB Montreal Quebec Canada*

9/18/22 The Garrison Toronto Ontario Canada*

9/21/22 Ace of Cups Columbus OH*

9/22/22 PJ's Lager House Detroit MI*

9/23/22 Empty Bottle Chicago IL*

9/27/22 Globe Hall Denver CO*

9/29/22 Holland Project Reno NV*

9/30/22 Goldfield Trading Post Sacramento CA^

10/1/22 Great American Music Hall San Francisco CA^

10/3/22 The Crocodile Seattle WA^

10/4/22 Hawthorne Theatre Portland OR^

10/5/22 WOW Hall on University of Oregon Campus Eugene OR^

10/6/22 Domino Room Bend OR^

10/7/22 Neurolux Boise ID^

10/8/22 Beehive Salt Lake City UT^


*w/The Mad Alchemist Liquid Light Show


Artists in this story: Wand