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If you’re like me, you take finding new music really seriously, so seriously that you Shazam your computer, the TV, or even movies at the theater. This is in fact how I came across Nashville-based grungy rock trio The Wans, whose song ¬†“Want You” from their 2012 self-titled EP was featured on¬†USA Network’s¬†Necessary Roughness.¬†I unabashedly reached out last year and managed to keep in touch like any rocker pen pals would.

Over the¬†past year, I’ve seen the band’s notoriety increase exponentially, as they’ve landed¬†spots at Forecastle Festival, Hangout Festival and soon, Austin City Limits. ¬†Additionally, they announced¬†a forthcoming full-length album,¬†He Said She Said,¬†out September 9, produced by¬†Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Rival Sons, Sturgill Simpson), mixed¬†by Vance Powell (Jack White, Dead Weather, Arctic Monkeys) and mastered by¬†Richard Dodd (Tom Petty, Traveling Wilburys, Kings of Leon). ¬†Several of the tracks are already out via tastemaker sites like USA Today, Consequence of Sound, Flavorwire, PopMatters, and The AV Club,¬†riling up anticipation of the release.¬† When the band was planning their “Takeover Tour” a few months back, I did the Rocker Stalker thing to do and booked them a gig at Pianos for August 2. ¬†I had been waiting what seemed like ages to see the band live, so¬†I took full advantage and saw them three more times after Pianos at The Bowery Electric (supporting Jesse Malin), Niagara Bar, and The Legendary Dobb’s in Philadelphia. The gigs were a blast and obviously addictive, as the trio was consistently the stand out band of the night, bringing their high-powered¬†energy and tight musicianship to the stage. Check out the photos from the week on Rocker Stalker’s Facebook page!

¬†But let’s get down to business. ¬†The new album is¬†just plain badass.¬†However good music possesses you, be it headbanging, dancing, flailing, moshing¬†or taking your clothes off, He Said She Said¬†will lead you to do so.¬†¬†Fraught with bursts¬†of¬†raging¬†rock, sexy grooves, and dejected lyrics, this record blends Simon Kerr’s ¬†smooth and sultry upper register vocals¬†and¬†distorted guitars, Mark Petaccia’s ¬†heavy, pounding drums, and Thomas Bragg’s penetrating bass riffs into a smoothie of rock perfection. ¬†If you’re into “recommended if you like”¬†comparisons, The Wans’ sound ¬†evokes a large dose of¬†Queens of the Stone Age and Nirvana, splashed¬†with Led Zeppelin, Chris Cornell/Soundgarden and¬†tinges of punky brashness, a la¬†JEFF the Brotherhood or Bass Drum of Death. ¬†Opening with the ironically triumphant melodies of ¬†“Never Win,” The Wans show off their knack for ear catching songwriting. I hear there’s going to be a pretty awesome video to accompany it too, so stay on the look out!¬†He Said She Said¬†plummets into the dark depths of the unbridled “You’re Wasting” ¬†and “The Holy One,” which ¬†slinks along with¬†grinding slide guitars¬†and smashing drums. ¬†“What I’m Feeling” builds on¬†grooving bass lines and oozes with seduction and growing tension, which pushes the tortured¬†sentiment to erupt¬†on¬†“So Cruel,” as Kerr laments over and over, ” Why are you so cruel? Try to be a man but you treat me like a fool!” ¬†The Wans take a minor breather with a “balladic” but¬†burdened¬†“Turn Your Back,”¬†and though the slightly subdued mood seeps into the raw opening vocals of “Take Me Home,” it quickly escalates into fits of wailing choruses. “I Can’t Fix You” is probably the most contagious singalong track with “Oh’s” and “Ow’s'” that will be stuck in your head for days, and the discordant chords¬†of ¬†“Tired” ¬†aptly embody¬†the pain of the song’s message. Last but definitely not least, “Black Pony” (featured recently in a BMW commercial), is pure bluesy, grunge greatness,¬†pushing the album to a climactic close with hypnotic beats, crunching guitars, and angst-ridden welps. The point is, this might be my favorite album of 2014 so far, and I’d recommend getting your hands on it.¬†That’s what she said, and that’s final.

Keep your eyes peeled for more from The Wans, but in the meantime pre-order He Said She Said on Bandcamp and find the band on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram. Happy rocking!



2014 is fast approaching, and to kick off the new year, Rocker Stalker has TWO kickass shows lined up!

January 3, I’ll be sticking around my home turf at Bar Matchless in Greenpoint. ¬†The first Friday night of the new year will be marked by ¬†The Next Great American Novelist,¬†Old Best Friend,¬†The Courtesy Tier, and¬†Ugly, Ugly Words. ¬†Doors at 7pm, $10, 21+. RSVP and invite your friends here!


On Friday, January 17, Rocker Stalker takes over THE BOWERY ELECTRIC! It’s not just any show, though, it’s my belated birthday bash! ¬†I’ll be celebrating with rock ‘n roll (duh) and some of my favorites, ¬†The Tye Trybe,¬†Adult Dude,¬†Twin Berlin, and¬†The Battery Electric.¬† ¬†Additionally, I’ll ¬†be donating over ALL my proceeds to Incubus’ Make Yourself Foundation. ¬†The best gift is giving in my opinion. So, come rock out and support my birthday, local music, AND a good cause! Doors a 6:30pm, $10, 21+. RSVP here and share ¬†please!


Tonight at the refurbished Bowery Electric, Brooklyn-based, progressive/fusion rock trio, The Gypsy West, will be debuting a new member and new material. ¬†The new tunes are ¬†to be released in the form of their third EP, the final installment of their series of Accomplices . ¬†Not just a great musical listening experience, the albums¬†tell a story that ¬†” focuses on personal liberation through public rebellion ” (, ¬†and one can check out¬†Accomplices I and II¬†¬†to get a feel for the developing plot and well-crafted music to boot. ¬†The Gypsy West will be accompanied to fellow NY’r’s tonight, including Walnuts and Infantree! Doors at 7pm, music at 8pm; $10, 21+!