Magic Wands

Magic Wands

Spirit Award

Thu · January 25, 2018

8:00 pm

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

Magic Wands
Magic Wands
Dream pop duo Magic Wands formed in Nashville as a collaboration between Dexy and Chris Valentine. After managing a long-distance relationship, Dexy eventually relocated from Los Angeles to join Chris in Nashville where the band initially took shape with the release of their Blondie-esque debut single "Teenage Love" in 2008. During their cross-country courting period, an actual magic wand was gifted through the mail inspiring the band's name. That same year, the two song Black Magic/Kaleidoscope Hearts single was released on London indie Ark Recordings. The band eventually struck a deal in the U.S. with California label Bright Antenna who released their Magic Love & Dreams EP in 2009. The following year their track "Warrior" was remixed by British indie pop group the xx and soon Magic Wands had relocated back to the West Coast, settlind down in Los Angeles. Their debut album, Aloha Moon, finally arrived in 2012 to considerable acclaim, raising their profile and landing them opening slots for acts like the Black Keys, the Jesus and Mary Chain, and the Kills. Expanding their lineup to include a live rhythm section, Magic Wands returned in early 2016 with their sophomore LP, Jupiter.
Spirit Award
Spirit Award
Spirit Award’s debut full length, Neverending, out on October 6th, houses momentum and starkness. The Seattle three-piece pushes and pulls the ten songs with staggered bright darkness and a massive sound. Sprawling, stereo guitars puncture out from a driving bass/drum foundation. While Spirit Award is aptly capable of generating catchy psych moments, there seems to be no calculable formula to their writing style. Vocal sections dipped in effects shape them more like an instrument, putting the bass in the role of lead guitar. Moments of Neverending point to influences of early New Order and Can, baiting you with a hook then leaving you droning to a krautrock beat. Spirit Award credit the death of a family member, anxiety, a robbery, and the ending of a relationship for the record’s pensive, yet hopeful look into the future. Through all this the band continued working on the record over the course of two years, which is why it garnered the name, Neverending. Neverending was recorded with Jack Endino (Nirvana), and Eric Corson (Perfume Genius, Ceremony), Connor Birch and GG Reynolds (Sleater-Kinney).
Venue Information:
The Hi Hat
5043 York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90042