You specifically call yourself a “Pinoy post-rock band.” How important is your shared heritage to the music you create together?
Christian: All of us are second-generation Asian-Americans. I think it’s been a blessing that we have our people represented in pop culture; from 88 Rising in Hip-hop to Jay Som & Mitski in Indie rock. This moment can pave the way and raise visibility for artists that look like us in a fringe genre like post-rock. Our music is intentionally universal but I’m definitely proud Wander is taking part in helping create a more diverse music community.
There's been a lot of talk about San Francisco losing its rock 'n' roll scene to the tech industry. What is the local rock scene like for you?
Ryan: I was exposed to many different scenes in our area I can tell you there isn’t a particularly more common or favored sound here. I’m not sure if you can really take away rock ’n’ roll music from any place, it’ll always have a place among the masses.
Joseph: I know overall a lot of local artistic culture has been pushed out due to immense rise of living costs. But in my personal experience, underground culture will always exist where any type of rebellious perspective exists. I think that spirit has the potential to exist anywhere. In Oakland, there are always house shows going on, and you see a pretty wide variety of things from black metal, to weird avant garde electronic music, to post-punk and goth.
Christian: Scott Hansen from Tycho was someone who was able to work in tech to survive and support his art before his band took off. We know so many former artist / musicians who gave up their passion to be able to survive here. Not all people from tech are from privilege, a lot are P.O.C. whose family grew up struggling and were raised to not take risk with their careers.
I feel like we’ve created our own niche in the Bay Area. We want to showcase our scene on our upcoming tour by bringing along this mind blowing Bay Area two piece math rock band Floral.
We’re out here creating something exciting that everyone can be a part of.
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WORDS: Cat Jones
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