Release Date: Sep 27, 2011
Record label: MRI
Shudder to Think's Pony Express Record remains one of the strangest artifacts of the post-Nirvana major-label gold rush, a nugget of operatic, sinister, and gleefully self-aware art punk released at the peak of male angst-driven grungemania. Even the band's unexpected 2008 reunion was both of and against its time, a beacon of clear-eyed virtuosity and precision amidst an encroaching tide of gauzy 1990s nostalgia. The reunited Shudder to Think toured sporadically for a couple of years, released a live album (2009's Live From Home), and once again disbanded.
Most of you may know that Craig Wedren was the lead singer of Shudder to Think, one of the seminal punk bands of the ’80s and ’90s. What you might not know is that he has also composed the theme songs and incidental music to countless TV shows and movies, including Reno 911, The State, Wet Hot American Summer, Role Models…basically everything David Wain has touched. So, it makes sense that his new solo album, WAND, is basically the soundtrack to an accompanying movie of the same name — even though the album came first.