– UK tour this month!
– Debut album out now via Suicide Squeeze Records!
After releasing their debut self-titled album last year, Californian trio L.A. Witch are set to bring their grunge-soaked sounds back to the UK this month with shows in Nottingham, Glasgow, Newcastle, London & Leeds. You can see the video for the band’s recent single “Drive Your Car” below.
In the dimly lit interior of a small nightclub, where the stale smell of a thousand extinguished cigarettes drowns out the smell of spilt beer and broken dreams, a band plays against a backdrop of cheap golden tinsel. Outside, palm trees line the night’s horizon. In the years to come, the streets will swell into highways and interstates, but for now Los Angeles is still a young city growing daily with transplants from across the United States, all looking for a new life. It’s still a city largely cut off from the rest of the country, and in the years before the Manson family forever tarnishes the infinite hope of the Western enclave and before the Hell’s Angels of Altamont interrupt rock n’ roll’s peaceful trajectory with unprecedented violence, there is still a dreamy California sound for those dark rooms suffused with neon light. The three women of L.A. Witch wouldn’t be born for several decades, but their sound transports you back to those warm Californian nights in smoky rooms.
The name is a partial misnomer. Though the band hails from Los Angeles, they do not partake in any sort of witchcraft. Yet their ability to conjure a specific time and place through their sound does suggest a kind of magic. On their eponymous debut album, L.A. Witch’s reverb-drenched guitar jangle and sultry vocals conjure the analog sound of a collector’s prized 45 from some short-lived footnote cult band. The melodies forgo the bubblegum pop for a druggy haze that straddles the line between seedy glory and ominous balladry; the production can’t afford Phil Spector’s wall-of-sound, but the instruments’ simple beauty provides an economic grace that renders studio trickery unnecessary; the lyrics seem more descendent of Johnny Cash’s first-person morality tales than the vacuous empty gestures of pre-fab pop bands. This isn’t music for the masses; it’s music for miscreants, burnouts, down-and-out dreamers, and obsessive historians.
See L.A. Witch live:
FRI MAR 16 – Sion CH, Le Port Franc
SAT MAR 17 – Parma IT, Milk Party
TUE MAR 20 – Zurich CH, Rote Fabrik
WED MAR 21 – Berlin DE, Quasimodo
THU MAR 22 – Hamburg DE, Hafenklang
FRI MAR 23 – Stockholm SE, Melodybox
SAT MAR 24 – Goteborg SE, Truck Stop Alaska
TUE MAR 27 – Nottingham UK, The Chameleon
WED MAR 28 – Glasgow UK, Sleazy’s
THU MAR 29 – Newcastle UK, Cluny
FRI MAR 30 – London UK, Oslo
SAT MAR 31 – Leeds UK, Headrow House
WED APR 4 – Paris FR, Supersonic
THU APR 5 – Arras FR, Maison de l’etudiant
FRI APR 6 – Glarus CH, Veka
SAT APR 7 – Milan IT, Ohibo
Praise for L.A. Witch:
“This decade’s rock ’n’ roll heroes are L.A. Witch” (9/10) – Long Live Vinyl
“Smouldering shoegaze” – The Guardian
“The music is reverb-heavy psych-rock as though under a hypnotic spell” (4*) – Financial Times
“L.A. Witch have perfected the sound that’s been prevalent on their early EPs: you can almost imagine yourself driving along the Pacific Highway in some neo-noir thriller” (4*) – DORK
“A convincing first stab” (4*) – DIY
“It’s clear that the three women of L.A. Witch are here to take you on a hazy journey eep into the Hollywood hills of a day gone by” (7/10) – Louder Than War
“L.A. Witch cast a heady spell, straddling realms of LA noir imbued with a spectral psychobilly twang” (4*) – Record Collector
“Their self-titled debut is one that bubbles with retro rock fuelled passion” – (7/10) – The Line of Best Fit
“The additive music crawls insidiously under your skin” (7/5/10) – The 405