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The Wans

Since they formed over two years ago, The Wans have been unleashing shotgun blasts of rock & roll that have resounded from their hometown of Nashville (American Songwriter) all the way to London (NME). They've 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 album He Said, She Said 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."

"And we were at Dave's the whole time—basically slept on his floor the week we made the record," says drummer Mark Petaccia. "We'd sleep for an hour or two a night then wake up, drink some whiskey and get back to recording. It was intense, but it was fun."

On He Said, She Said, The Wans channel both the classic riff rock of Led Zeppelin & Cream and the grunge of '90s bands like Nirvana & Soundgarden, but with a modern twist. "We're all massive fans of '60s rock and most certainly the early-'90s grunge movement," says bassist Thomas Bragg, "but we didn't really go into this planning to make a '90s-sounding record. Once the album was finished, though, it had certainly gone in that direction, and we all looked at each other and knew we had something special." The songs on He Said, She Said possess the same swagger as on the band's 2012 self-titled debut EP, but they're more focused than ever. And they're all pretty much about drunken one night stands & break ups. ("Not that I endorse any of those things," Kerr laughs.)