Fresh out of the studio with an all star lineup who helped make their forthcoming LP, theWANDAS are generating a boatload of buzz over their new album.
Being discovered by producer Patrick Krief (guitarist of Montreal indie rockers, The Dears) has it's perks. Like being invited to the legendary MIXart studios in Montreal to record a new album. Per Krief's recommendation Dave Schiffman (Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, Red Hot Chili Peppers) came on board to mix the album in Los Angeles and fellow Canadian Ryan Morey (Arcade Fire, The Stills, Wolf Parade) finished the job by mastering the new album in Montreal.
The new album is due out in the summer of 2011 and is already peeking fans and musicians interests; members of The Stills and Stars both performed on the new album after hearing about theWANDAS through producer Patrick Krief.
"theWANDAS spent the better part of 2010 touring the bejesus out of their third album, New Wave Blues. In the process, they caused a few bloggers’ jaws to hit the floor at South by Southwest and squashed the competition at WBRU’s Rock Hunt battle of the bands.
The retro rock charms found on New Wave Blues should mollify anyone put off by the fact that none of these four dudes are actually named Wanda. The catchy and heartfelt “Thank You Note” exemplifies what a hit single should be, “Lose You” gushes lovelorn anguish, and “Please Come Home” proves that sounding like Neil Diamond isn’t necessarily something to be ashamed of.
Still, it’s the Wandas stage show–which manages to be at once tight and bombastic–that has them topping our lists."- TimeOut Magazine.
theWANDAS have supported: Dawes, Justin Townes Earle,The Dears, Adam Duritz, The Futureheads, The Duhks, Eulogies and many more.
2010 - Timeout Magazine, selected theWANDAS as "best live act of 2010"
2010 - Boston Music Award nominated theWANDAS for "best pop act"
2010 - CMJ Music Mararhon showcase review " With their big shout-along choruses and their classic rock melodies, the band managed to whip the crowd at the Bowery Poetry Club into a sugary frenzy" - CMJ.com
2010 - SXSW showcase review -"...this Boston act is suddenly (only with much hard work and extensive touring, of course,) one of the best bands in America. As it ended up, they were easily one of the best live shows we saw in Austin last week." - rsblog.com "
2010 - theWANDAS win 95.5 WBRU Rock Hunt
In 2009-2010 theWANDAS toured through 40 of the 50 United States (many 2-3 times) building a loyal fan base who in turn funded their forthcoming album. theWANDAS sold pre-orders of their album directly to their fans and raised $12,000 to self-release their new album.
Keith McEachern - Lead Vocals, Guitar, keys
Brent Battey - Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals,
Ross Lucivero - Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals
William Bierce - Drums/Computer
Summer 2011- theWANDAS - lp
2009 - New Wave Blues - lp
Produced and Mixed By Patrick Krief
Engineered By J. Saliba
Assistant Engineer: J. Powers
Recorded at P.A.P.E.R.C.U.P. in Boston, Massachusetts
Mastered By: Ryan Morey at Ryebread studios, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Keith McEachern: Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Synth
Brent Battey: Guitar, Vocals
Ross Lucivero: Bass, Vocals
Pete McElholm: Drums
Guitar: Patrick Krief
Violin: Brenda Van Der Merwe
Viola: Dimitar Petkov
Cello: Leo Eguchi
Trumpet: Jeff Lizotte
Tenor Saxophone: Matt Kane
Additional Vocals on "Better Now" Erica Mazaika
Album artwork by Jess Burhans
Guitar World Magazine names theWANDAS' Self Titled Album one of the "50 Best Albums of 2011"
Guitar World's 50 Best Albums of the First Half of 2011
I can't get tired of this [song] -- and after the first chorus, I couldn't get tired of singing it, either.
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The Wandas, Do or Die. Ooh, I can't get tired of this one -- and after the first chorus, I couldn't ...The Wandas, Do or Die. Ooh, I can't get tired of this one -- and after the first chorus, I couldn't get tired of singing it, either. The Wandas may remind you a bit of early Wilco, although they hail from Boston. Look for the band's self-titled record Aug. 30.
The Wandas - Self Titled Album Get's 4 STAR REVIEW
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The washed out photos of The Wandas on the cover of their debut, dressed as they might have been in ...The washed out photos of The Wandas on the cover of their debut, dressed as they might have been in the ’60s and ’70s, perfectly reflects the band’s retro but not necessarily dated approach. The Boston based quartet’s dreamy pop-rock locks in on a mid-tempo groove and the organic sound captures the effortless strummy melodies and vocal harmonies that recall the days before slick production and too many overdubs robbed music of its magic.
Time Out Boston names theWANDAS "Best Live Act of 2010"
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The Wandas (OUR PICK: Best Live Act) The Wandas spent the better part of 2010 touring the bejesus o...The Wandas (OUR PICK: Best Live Act)
The Wandas spent the better part of 2010 touring the bejesus out of their third album, New Wave Blues. In the process, they caused a few bloggers’ jaws to hit the floor at South by Southwest and squashed the competition at WBRU’s Rock Hunt battle of the bands. The retro rock charms found on New Wave Blues should mollify anyone put off by the fact that none of these four dudes are actually named Wanda. The catchy and heartfelt “Thank You Note” exemplifies what a hit single should be, “Lose You” gushes lovelorn anguish, and “Please Come Home” proves that sounding like Neil Diamond isn’t necessarily something to be ashamed of. Still, it’s the Wandas stage show–which manages to be at once tight and bombastic–that has them topping our lists.— Barry Thompson
...this Boston act is suddenly (only with much hard work and extensive touring, of course,) one of the best bands in America.
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PROBABLY THE BEST LIVE SHOW WE SAW IN AUSTIN - Our St. Patrick's Day got set off with a bang thanks ...PROBABLY THE BEST LIVE SHOW WE SAW IN AUSTIN - Our St. Patrick's Day got set off with a bang thanks to The Wandas... We are proud to say this Boston act is suddenly (only with much hard work and extensive touring, of course,) one of the best bands in America. As it ended up, they were easily one of the best live shows we saw in Austin last week.
The Wandas have a signature sound. Currently, the soft melancholy but wholly beautiful, "Lose You," is playing in the background. (I stopped to listen to The Wandas yet again this morning, desiring to consider their music again before drafting out this piece. One after the next, their songs improve in succession. And, most importantly, their newest stuff seems to be their best. That's really promising to this listener.)
Expect this Berklee-bred band to do what many others have done: blow up.
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The four-piece group The Wandas separate themselves from the large pack of Boston pop bands with a t...The four-piece group The Wandas separate themselves from the large pack of Boston pop bands with a tightly designed, smart sound. Besides the production from Patrick Krief (of The Dears) and the mastering of Ryan Morey (The Stills, Arcade Fire), the vocals from Keith McEachern and friends are a delight. Check out the matching harmonies of "Bending Over Backwards" or the falsetto on "Trepidation" for the ingredient that truly adds to the already focused formula. Expect this Berklee-bred band to do what many others have done: blow up. [David Day]
Some of the best pop I’ve heard this year
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The Wandas: New Wave Blues My experience with the Wandas has been nearly the opposite. The name doe...The Wandas: New Wave Blues
My experience with the Wandas has been nearly the opposite. The name doesn’t really convey anything. I wasn’t compelled by the CD’s cover art, which looks more appropriate for a sci fi tome. But I’ve found myself loving this music much more than I expected from my first look at a video (above) that drew over 36,000 views on Fuse.tv this July.
At first, New Wave Blues’s title track feels annoying: Why would I want to listen to a lead singer (Keith McEachern) who sounds like Julian Lennon on thorazine? After the guitar really kicks in there’s a nonchalant but inevitable-feeling progression, kind of like Sinister Luck or even Wilco, and then I get tired of reaching for comparisons because the work has the sort of strength that yells (which McEachern is sort of doing by the chorus, with backing): This is just us, doing what we do. Which makes me cock my head at whoever wrote this bio tidbit: “The Wandas have created an album that incorporates contagious hooks and rich harmonies while maintaining their indie integrity…”
Believe me, there are a lot of indies who should have this much integrity. And now I’ll tell you what I really think: “Indie” is a term that might as well be interspersed with “hip” at this point, and, uh, I kind of said all this in my Micachu review months ago, so if you’re interested, please just go back and read it. There should be no apology for wanting to write really great music in return for one’s rent or mortgage. And with the shake-up that’s rocked the record industry and made older indies scramble to keep up, it’s all coming down to what people want and like; what resonates – and what resonates often feels real. Like the Wandas – who also make me smile at how they’re carrying on a Northeast tradition of thoughtful, open, populist, loving music (the Lovin’ Spoonful, the Little Rascals, NRBQ, Innocence Mission–with, turning West, a dash of Bright Eyes).
“Bending Over Backwards”is another solid pop song. “Everyday” benefits from lead guitar that so effectively channels George Harrison in the ‘70s, I can forget what year it is. The cat sleeping next to me looks annoyed by the sudden energy of “Trepidation,” which is absolutely brilliant. It makes me want to go see these Cambridge-based young men live. It gets me excited about living even though I’m frustrated ‘cause I don’t have anything like the budget to run to Boston for a Wandas show, to see what kind of scene generated, and is supporting, this phenomenon.
“1 in 4? shines with some of the exuberance that knocked everyone over as the Beatles did with early singles like “From Me To You” or She Loves You.” “Fighting a War” sounds more specifically like the latter’s Mystery Tour phase, even throwing in some Paul McCartney “oohs.”
A warm folk-rock harmony kicks off “The Lady,” which throws a few left elbows in our ribs. “Lose You”turns right and ends up sounding rather like a Rivers Cuomo-Peter Svensson collaboration. Closer “Better Now” is a relief, since a painful break-up has clearly permeated this collection. Erica Mazaika’s added vocals are one of many wise choices ensuring the variety of sound fueling my Hearty Recommendation: Get this now, for the $9.99 suggested download price, or free, which is also on offer. In either case I have every reason to hope the Wandas will be around to add to some of the best pop I’ve heard this year. Here’s some footage from a surprising (they must have gotten passes from school that day) appearance on one of the last episodes of The Gilmore Girls.
With their infectious melodies and catchy choruses, it is hard not to enjoy listening to [theWANDAS]
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The music genre known as “pop/rock” is often times linked to poorly made radio music that is here to...The music genre known as “pop/rock” is often times linked to poorly made radio music that is here today and gone tomorrow. Most of the artists grouped together in this category are a flash in the pan and have a limit to what they have to offer. Hiding in this group of misfit acts is usually one or two bands that really have something to say and that stick around. Walking this very delicate line of “here today and gone tomorrow” is The Wandas, a pop/rock outfit that sounds unlike any of the other recent contributions the Bay State has made to the music scene. With their infectious melodies and catchy choruses, it is hard not to enjoy listening to them. On their album, the appropriately titled New Wave Blues, The Wandas manage to create their own sound that successfully steers clear of becoming just another pop pick in what seems like an ever-growing landscape of cloned music.
With the opener “New Wave Blues”, The Wandas establish their hypnotic dream pop sound thanks to the mixture of Keith McEachern’s fragile vocals and tranquil acoustic guitar. They have such a large sound, thanks in part to drummer Will Bierce’s use of the sequencer, in which they are able to control and neatly construct lean songs that the listener can’t help but be impressed and positively overwhelmed. The gradually growing textures that surround the core on songs like the opener and “Lose You” are perfect examples of this achievement.
Without sinking too far in the past, The Wandas New Wave Blues at times evokes a welcome return to 90’s alternative melancholy innocence with songs like “Fighting A War”, “Trepidation”, and “Bending Over Backwards”. These are songs that would sound right at home on the radio in the mid 90’s while at the same time still sounding new today. In this respect, their songs are not overly processed, becoming a victim to studio trickery like many other recent pop/rock acts, and instead have a feeling of soul and human nature to them. This familiarity adds to the nostalgic feel that New Wave Blues often times delivers. Taking the title New Wave Blues in context, it is clear why this familiarity takes place. It is because The Wandas successfully take the positive elements of 90’s alternative pop/rock, such as that addicting melancholy tinge and charming up-beat pop, and applies them to today, introducing them to a new generation.
The lyrics in The Wandas music is straightforward and to the point but manage to work well with their sound: tight and concise where it needs to be and flowing where they allow themselves to stretch. Keith McEachern’s lyrics of the internal struggles of dealing with relationships and having to face the blemishes of everyday life combined with their pop hooks is a perfect match for a memorable and relatable record. “Thank You Note” sounds as though McEachern is simply reading a letter he wrote to someone and putting it to song , “Thanks for making me laugh when I didn’t feel like smiling/Thanks for taking the time to get to know me.” These terse lyrics are neatly put in front of a background vocal harmony that fill them out and that will easily get stuck in your head. The chiming piano combined with the slide guitar of Brent Battey and echoing vocals on “Everyday (is as bad as Monday)” create a haunting atmosphere that when juxtaposed with their upbeat pop sensibilities lends itself to a unique albeit sometimes down trodden listening experience that characterizes much of the album.
This is not a band resting on its laurels and that is satisfied with getting by with simple pop. The Wandas take the risk of falling under their own weight on “Lose You” with its dramatic outro that pushes their sound to its max that if done incorrectly could have sounded like they were trying too hard, but it manages to work thanks to their laid back demeanor. This is what separates The Wandas from other pop/rock groups today and is an encouraging sign for future development.They are not in your face and pushing themselves on you as many of today’s other acts do. Instead, they have a subtle yet strong reach that lasts. Only time will tell what is in store for The Wandas and where their sound will take them, but for the time being it is a safe bet that they’re here to stay.
New Wave Blues is a well rounded explosion of an album and The Wandas have just made my new favorites list.
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Boston has a new band that has caught my attention and they might just grab yours. The Wandas... ...Boston has a new band that has caught my attention and they might just grab yours. The Wandas...
They’ve just put out a new LP, New Wave Blues, and it’s teaming with pop melodies that send me overboard. On the first listen their sound reminded me of Eulogies, but as the album wore on I found their style was much broader and deeper. A pop sound reminiscent of the Beach Boys and Elvis Costello at times.
The echoed vocals of Keith McEachern are the key. They can be fragile one second (”Please Come Home”) and down right infectious the next (”Bending Over Backwards”). The band as a whole is diverse in its influences and that leads to a rewarding and complex album.
Take the song “Trepidation” which has a classic indie rock sound by all standards. Complete with a simple yet catchy guitar lick and powerful chorus. The folowing song “1 in 4″ is a song that clearly shows props to the Boss and the E Street Band. Quite a transformation between songs, but it works.
New Wave Blues is a well rounded explosion of an album and The Wandas have just made my new favorites list.
[theWANDAS'] sound is a dreamy lovechild of rock radio and your grandpa’s record collection...
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Worcester’s the Wandas also had a packed schedule, playing shows daily before loading up their 30-fo...Worcester’s the Wandas also had a packed schedule, playing shows daily before loading up their 30-foot RV and heading north. The Wandas, whose sound is a dreamy lovechild of rock radio and your grandpa’s record collection, have spent most of 2009 and the early part of 2010 on the road. They have honed their set list down to a well-oiled, high-volume machine packed with 4/4 melodies and a ’50s rock feel. “Lose You’’ is an endearing moment in the live show of the Wandas, with singer Keith McEachern leaping from a croon to a howl in the matter of a measure. “The end of ‘Lose You’ tends to get the crowd going,’’ McEachern says. “That’s where I scream for five minutes. There are pictures on Facebook of me singing that song where you can practically see down into my stomach.’’
With catchy guitar and vibrant, engaging vocals, The Wandas have a sound that’s right in line with contemporary pop at its most vibrant and listenable, with songs such as “[The Lady]” seemingly ready for radio play.
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With catchy guitar and vibrant, engaging vocals, The Wandas have a sound that’s right in line with c...With catchy guitar and vibrant, engaging vocals, The Wandas have a sound that’s right in line with contemporary pop at its most vibrant and listenable, with songs such as “Time Slips Away” seemingly ready for radio play. The Wandas releases its new CD, “New Wave Blues,” Saturday at Ralph’s Chadwick Square Diner, 148 Grove St., Worcester.
— Victor Infante
The WANDAS play high-energy show in Boston
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As I’m gearing up for my trip to Austin next week, I was lucky enough to catch a great show by a loc...As I’m gearing up for my trip to Austin next week, I was lucky enough to catch a great show by a local band right here in Boston on Saturday night. The WANDAS played an explosive set to a packed room at Tommy Doyle’s in Harvard Square, featuring several songs from their latest album, New Wave Blues. The band’s sound is refreshingly upbeat and reminiscent of the new wave power pop of Elvis Costello and Cheap Trick. The energy and eagerness in their live set is contagious, and if you’re not in the Boston area, the good news is that as of the beginning of April, the WANDAS will be on the road touring the east coast, all the way down to Florida and back to Boston. Check out their official site for tour dates. The band’s entire catalog is also available for download on their official site, with a pay-what-you-want pricing policy.
Here’s the video for the band’s “Thank You Note,” rightfully a fan favorite based on the reaction from the crowd, most of whom were singing along to every word:
theWANDAS work with producer Patrick Krief (The Dears)
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Local band set for Worcester show Massachusetts rock band theWANDAS may call Boston home, but the...Local band set for Worcester show
Massachusetts rock band theWANDAS may call Boston home, but they’ve never forgotten their Worcester County roots.
The quartet will be returning to Worcester on Saturday, Dec. 22, to play a follow-up show to their Thanksgiving extravaganza at Tammany Hall.
“We play Worcester quite frequently, which is nice,” said lead vocalist and rhythm guitar player Keith McEachern.
McEachern, a native of Worcester, formed theWANDAS in 2001, which features the current line up, in addition to himself, Brent Battey on lead guitar and backing vocals, Ross Lucivero on bass guitar and backing vocals, and Pete McElholm on drums.
McEachern graduated from Auburn High School in 2001with his childhood friend McElholm, who is originally from Oxford. Following high school, the two attended Berklee College of Music where they began jamming with Battey.
In 2005, after graduating from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, McEachern’s cousin and Paxton native Lucivero, moved to Boston, replacing theWANDAS’ former bass player who had to move home to Halifax, Nova Scotia, after his temporary visa expired, thus completing the band.
Influenced by acts such as Radiohead, The Strokes, Sean Lennon, and The Dears, theWANDAS released the self produced, “if the accident will…” in 2004, recorded in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
In 2006, the band produced their second long play recording,“Can’t say danger on the
radio,”which was recorded and mixed at The Noise Flower in Allston. Selected songs are
available for listening through the band’s web site www.thewandas.com and both com-
plete albums are available for download through iTunes.com.
Most recently, theWANDAS completed their newest offering, “You should have lis-tened.” “This is by far the best stuff we’ve ever done,”McEachern said of the new extended play album,which is slated to be released for purchase on iTunes.com in January.The band is also working out a deal with purevolume.com to release the album for free to the public.
“You should have listened”was produced by Patrick Krief of The Dears and was mixed by Clement Goulet. “Before that we self produced all of our stuff,”Battey said. “Having that person on the outside that we trusted,allowed us to be a little bit more creative.”
While developing their hard driven yet melodic signature sound, theWANDAS dabbled in everything from country to hard rock, utilizing sounds and techniques from a wide range of influences. Now employing an additional drum machine and working out intricate harmonies,McEachern said,“When you bring that together, that’s when you come up with an interesting sound.”
Outside of the studio, theWANDAS’ song, “Headlines,”is featured in the film “Concrete Cowboys,” a documentary on the sport of street luge, as well as in the 2004 Major League Baseball all-star wrap-up video. The band also recorded the INXS tune “The One Thing,”for the yet to be released film, “We Got the Beat.”
As far as touring goes, Lucivero explained that theWANDAS spin a regular web between Boston, Worcester, Providence, and New York, playing each location about once a month, though they have occasionally traveled as far as Canada to play. Lucivero went on to explain that the fellows are currently putting together a national tour that will tentatively kick off in March of 2008, visiting Texas, Georgia, Florida and Washington D.C., among other locations.
For now,the band is excited to come back to Worcester and play to a hometown crowd. “We love music and we just want everyone to have a good experience when they come to see us live,”McEachern said of their upcoming Tammany Hall performance, where they’ll be playing with Auburn-based band The After Hour.
The Saturday, Dec. 22, event is an 18-plus show and costs $5 at the door. “It’s just more about having a good time,” Battey said,“it’s about the vibe of the night.” He continued,“Come check us out if you like good music… it’s always a good night.”
What the band has accomplished with this album is a picking up of their music and taking it up a step into not just a band that likes to have a good time when they perform but instead a band that is capable of doing great things musically.
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Fear not. The music is way better than the comedy of one nasally comedian that partially shares the... Fear not. The music is way better than the comedy of one nasally comedian that partially shares the same name.
Perhaps if not from the Boston area you have never heard of a band called The Wandas . Well, shame on you my friends. For if you are not willing to venture out of your little Podunk to find some great music that defies your geographic proximity then shame on you. What you are missing out on is the music of bands like The Wandas. Though you might initially find yourself to be a bit apprehensive of listening to a band whose names sounds like a cribbage team at the local nursing home, the music of The Wandas certainly does not need any assistance in ensuring that you will enjoy the sounds that they put out.
With their most recent release Can't Say Danger on the Radio now out for purchase, The Wandas have put forth an album that far transcends just the Boston music scene. Rather, the music on the album is so good that it is on pace to find fans who will appreciate the work The Wandas have put into the album and hopefully will remember The Wandas when future releases come around. What the band has accomplished with this album is a picking up of their music and taking it up a step into not just a band that likes to have a good time when they perform but instead a band that is capable of doing great things musically.
The Wandas are comprised of Ross Lucivero (bass, vocals), Keith McEachern (vocals, guitar, bass, organ), Brent Battey (guitar, vocals, synth drums) and Pete McElholm (drums, synth drums, percussion).
There is no waiting that takes place when The Wandas grab you by the ears and bring you into the music of the album with the opening track I Can Do It Alone . With a cohesive blending of the percussive beats to the right mixture and melody of guitar ranges, the vocals are accurately matched to the music. Right from the onset of the track the listener is given the impression that the music of The Wandas is meant to be taken seriously and that the band is truly capable of putting out a great track. The band classifies them as being indie rock and the music found on this track shines a brighter light on the fact that not all indie rock is unpolished as is often mistakenly thought to be the case.
I Can Feel You is a remarkable mixing up of things performed by The Wandas infusing a rapid guitar sound into the track that sort of reminds the listener of a ska influence. The vocals are very thoughtful on the track and they slow from time to time but it is when they elevate to meet the higher paced and pitched music that they really shine. The fast paced guitar sounds hold together the album from start to finish in the background save a few times when they break off completely. Musically this track is perhaps one of the best on the album and the range shown by the band is significantly well done.
One of the highlights of the album is on the track Amulet . The music slows down to an almost acoustic level in the beginning of the track yet just as the listener is slowly being lulled into highly talented musical sounds the band then infuses a much harder rock sound that wrestles the listener to the ground with a few higher notes. Yet then the band slows things down again and the vocals exemplify what is good with this track. Though the pace of the track changes quite rapidly on this track, the music maintains a solid sound that lacks any sounds of being haphazardly thrown together in a piecemeal fashion.
1. I Can Do It Alone
4. Got Your Scent (We Try, We Fail)
5. I Can Feel You
6. Promised Me Then
7. Had Enough
8. Counting Sheep
11. Look Out
No one can argue that The Wandas have "made it" as of right now. They certainly have a long way to go especially in term of ensuring a greater success via a larger fan base and geographic name recognition. However, the band has truly shown what they are musically capable of and with the high powered and talented music they have exhibited on Can't Say Danger on the Radio they are truly en route to even more success.
Can't Say Danger on the Radio is on the Robella Records label and was recorded at The Noise Flower in Boston, Massachusetts.
For more information about The Wandas, check out their website at www.thewandas.com.
Great Music to Play While: Hanging With Friends
theWANDAS have a catalog of roughly 30 original songs and usually perform 10-15 of them per set; 45-60 minute set length. theWANDAS can perform two 45-60 minute sets. A cover or two may be thrown in a set for some extra effect. Cover songs that have been played include songs by: John Lennon, Wilco, Elvis, Tom Petty, Queen, The Pixies, The Beatles, and more.
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