2019’s first post-rock masterpiece has arrived. The third proper full length from the Bay Area group, March is Wander’s definitive statement. In a recent interview, principle songwriter Ryan David Francisco remarks that the album is a celebration (he was born this month), and a play on words (the bands music has a building, marching quality to it). Comprised of Ryan, his brother Christian Francisco, and long time friends Bernard Barcela and Joseph Aguda, the quartet have been honing their craft for years, but it’s on this new album that they’ve truly come into their own.
Wander’s new record confirms without a doubt their place in the cannon of influential post-rock artists. Across March, the band demonstrate their mastery of loud-quiet dynamics, building and releasing tension with sweeping, gorgeous melodies. Perfectly capturing the sense of euphoria that drew so many to the genre in the early 90’s, Wander are poised to inspire a new generation of fans.
The band’s sound is as dynamic as their record collection, citing luminaries like Explosions in the Sky and Toe as well as fellow Bay Area artists Deafheaven and Loma Prieta as influences. With performances alongside like minded artists Tricot and El Ten Eleven, as well as rising indie acts Jay Som and No Vacation, Wander have honed a sound that is captured perfectly by producer Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Joyce Manor, Jeff Rosenstock)