Sand, “Haggard Hawk”

Michael Brummett

Sand was formed back in 2012 by Dylan Ryan, after he sat back to write a handful of songs between his touring with Cursive and Rainbow Arabia.

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To fill out the group, Ryan recruited bassist Devin Hoff (Julia Holter, Cibo Matto) and Tim Young (Reggie Watts’ Late Late Show band). What resulted is a heavily psychedelic power trio with nods to what the gang calls ‘proto-metal’. Already with 2 releases out via Cuneiform Records, and a 3rd on its way on a different label this year, “Haggard Hawk” brought in director Joe Presser, who has an interesting creative vision.

“The song has a bouncy sort of feel with odd time signatures, so I made all the cameras as close to hand-held as I could and angled them to parallel that rhythmic angularity.

Cel-shaded in highly contrasted 3-D animation, and referencing 70s B-movie tones, warriors swing skip-its atop four-horned, overgrown wildebeests like something out of the ‘No Fear’ folders in your five-star binder.

A shaman shakes a Polaroid and a Stretch-Armstrong/Barbie effigy in preparation for a ritual reminiscent of a vintage Nickelodeon sliming.”

After the first watch, it is fair to say Presser brought his vision to life.

This March, Sand is touring with Minus The Bear.

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