The Dutch band Eerie Wanda are led by vocalist/songwriter/guitarist Marina Tadic, whose warmly intimate vocals are paired with melancholy pop songs influenced by psychedelia (as on their debut album, 2016's Hum) or, as on their second record, 2019's Pet Town, sweet early-'60s ballads and rockabilly.
After a stint playing guitar in an Amsterdam group called Earth Mk. II, Tadic, who had emigrated to the Netherlands as a child due to the war in Croatia, began writing her own material, influenced by artists like Beat Happening, Young Marble Giants, and Daniel Johnston. A few of her early demos found their way to Jacco Gardner's bassist Jasper Verhulst, who agreed to help her form her own band and produce its music. They recruited guitarist Bram Vervaet and drummer Nic Niggebrugge and began rehearsing and recording their debut LP. Following a handful of early live shows, Eerie Wanda landed a supporting slot opening for the like-minded the Allah-Las during their European tour. Beyond Beyond Is Beyond Records released the band's debut, Hum, in February 2016. The record mixed gentle psychedelia with relaxed melodies while conjuring up memories of early Opal and Mazzy Star.
The band's next record saw them reduced to a trio, with new keyboardist Jeroen de Heuvel joining Tadic and Verhulst to record in a totally different fashion than Hum. This time Tadic wrote the songs, then the three musicians worked from their respective homes to fashion a sound that was much more stripped-down and influenced more by late-'50s/early-'60s pop than psychedelia. The trio also decided to forgo live drums in favor of handclaps, fingersnaps, bongos, and an old drum machine in order to achieve a more intimate sound. 2019's Pet Town was mixed by Jasper Geluk and released in early 2019 by Joyful Noise. ~ Timothy Monger