The latest release from the country vocalist and musician L.A Witch. A classic combination of 50’s/60’s style backing track that pairs up with the distorted vocals that gives you an insight into the fed-up and tired world that L.A Witch gives access to in this record. Available on vinyl LP and CD on Suicide Squeeze.
8/10 Robin Staff review, 13 September 2017
Spooky garage rock that doesn’t really care if you’re here but isn’t opposed to the idea of hanging out, I guess. L.A. Witch make a raucous racket that feels every bit as lazy for the weekend as it does structured for a song. Let the lo-fi wash over you like a great big affirmation that the time you’re wasting right now is good for you; this record is just nice.
Their vocals pushed quite far back in the mix, it’s mostly the guitars, shambolic but hook-heavy, that speak out on this record. With a mostly sleuthing snail’s pace and an aesthetic that leans in on the surf rock of old, the guitar tone drives this record forward, occasionally letting a riff tumble down the stairs in a haze of distortion. As on the best records that merely homage another era of rock music, this one sounds effortless, like they just turned up and copy pasted the riffs from memory.
For those in need of a low-key dirge record with a proudly booming rhythm section, this one’s got you covered. L.A. Witch occasionally fire up the rawk music and push the velocity, as on the righteous shred of “Drive Your Car”, but this record is mostly a nice mix of spook ‘n’ chill, as served down by students of the oldest psych guardians.
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