All Them Witches are a heavy-jamming psych-rock unit, able to brew up mighty, bluesy riff-monsters in no time at all. Studio album Lightning At The Door was first released last year. This is a brand new repress courtesy of New West.
CD £9.99 NW6338CD
Reissue CD on New West.
Limited Vinyl LP £17.49 NW5042LP
Limited edition, indies only 180g 'Sea Glass' coloured vinyl LP on New West.
- Coloured vinyl
- Indies only
- Limited edition
While All Them Witches open up ‘Lightning At The Door’ with the satisfactory answer to my latest sitcom question -- “What if Jose Gonzalez like, was a psych rock dude?” -- their record swiftly closes in on the norms of their tried and tested genre. Marked by an aggressive tour de force of the drums and those slithering riffs that know where they’re going, even if they seem aimless to us, this is the kind of psych-veered-to-doom, wah-wahing set piece that sends y’all running. Get into it.
“El Centro” is laid down to show exactly how savvy All Them Witches are, proving they can mount a good crescendo on the back of their soloing figures and stagnating chord sequences. From there, though, All Them Witches seem set to prove their inter-disciplinary genre chops: “Dirt Preachers” is a heavy stomp that obliterates the methodology of its instrumental pal, the guitar swiped at in careless chunks between the vocal dueting of two rawk dudes. It’s followed with a slow, obscured psych centerpiece that’s scuffed up with keyboards and a fucking harmonica, both placed into the song with just enough subtlety to justify the audacity of the situation -- like the drums and the guitars, they take their time, appearing as twilit additions to the minimalist jam.
Did I mention the fills are nice? They are. The acoustic guitars feel a little much, taking the record into overwrought melodramas it need never reach (“Mellowing”, which switches between full-swing rock and nimble open picking, feels kinda silly, even following on from the songs before it). Overall, this record offers versatility: it's very welcome in my heart.
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