Since they formed two years ago, The Wans have been kept with their heavy Nashville rock ethos, while mingling together the classic elements of 60’s 70’s and 90’s rock. Having already opened for artists such as Pearl Jam, Beck and the Black Lips, and their music has been featured on ABC’s Nashville, A&E’s Longmire and USA’s Necessary Roughness.
Their new album He Said, She Said (out Sept. 9) was produced by Dave Cobb (Rival Sons, Jason Isbell) & mixed by Vance Powell (Jack White, Arctic Monkeys). The band wrote over 40 songs for the new record before whittling them down—with the aid of producer Cobb—to the 10 best. “We tracked all the songs in one week at Dave’s studio, which is completely analog,” says lead singer/guitarist Simon Kerr. “He has this old mixing board that some of our favorite albums were recorded on—The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin. The sound of that board really guided us on He Said, She Said. We cut it completely live—even the vocals.”
Glide Magazine is premiering (streaming below) The Wans latest track off He Said, She Said “What I’m Feeling. Kerr says it best when he describes, “It sounds like a Black Sabbath & Nirvana’s lovechild. It was written in my living room, then I brought it to the band. It originally started off as a very mellow acoustic song. I wasn’t sure if it was going to work with the band, but it immediately took on a life of it’s own when we started playing it together. It’s always a challenge bringing an acoustic song into the band setting. Our way of working through acoustic songs goes a little like this- “How heavy can we make it and still keep the integrity of the song?”