BOOT & SADDLE

1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

The Wytches

The Wytches

Harsh Vibes, The Love Club

Sat, July 26, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

The Wytches
The Wytches
Formed in Brighton in 2011,The Wytches comprises Kristian Bell (vocals, guitar), Dan Rumsey (bass, vocals) and Gianni Honey (drums). Led by Bell’s luminous lyricism, feral delivery and overdriven, surf-like guitar bends, the trio create a sound that is at once raucous and unruly, and yet decorated with semi-automatic poetry and authentic emotional clout.

Having left Peterborough after feeling stifled by their hometown’s inward-looking hardcore scene, Bell and the semi-professional poker playing Honey relocated to Brighton in the autumn of 2011, applying to the city’s university before enlisting Bournemouth-raised, aspiring adventure novelist Rumsey on bass – the sole applicant of an advert placed on campus. From the outset promoting their own shows in the city, The Wytches have never lost the DIY spirit of their hardcore origins: arranging their own tours; printing flyers; pressing their first single, ‘Digsaw’; inviting friend of the band Samuel Gull to create their artwork; and producing their own videos – all in spite of squeezed funds. It is this relentlessness and resilience that has led to The Wytches headlining countless shows across the UK and Europe to date, acting as chief support to Blood Red Shoes, The Cribs, Drenge, METZ, Japandroids, amongst others. In 2013 the band released a number of singles and EPs on London’s Hate Hate Hate Records (‘Beehive Queen’, Thunder Lizard Revisited EP, ‘Robe for Juda’), before attracting the attention of Heavenly Recordings in the UK and Partisan Records in the USA, who will release their debut album, Annabel Dream Reader, in Summer 2014.

Recorded at Liam Watson’s 8-track analogue ToeRag Studios in Hackney, Annabel Dream Reader was tracked in two days under the supervision of producer Bill Ryder-Jones (ex-The Coral). Comprising thirteen songs, Annabel Dream Reader sees the three-piece accomplish a dark and heady sound that embraces the black arts and the more extreme limits of rock, but which is never prescriptively macabre. Far from it, the band displays a broadness of influences – all at once the songs reference surf, grunge, metalcore, spy movie scores.

Bell admits to being inspired more by singer-songwriters (Elliott Smith, Leonard Cohen, Roland S. Howard) than specific bands, and already he is an assured manipulator of his tools, combining Egyptianesque harmonic-minor scales with vivid, assonant wordplay, and utilising his voice as an instrument in its own right. Recording to rolling magnetic tape at ToeRag – with little room for error – lends an honesty and immediacy to the trio’s performances, while Ryder-Jones supplies the softer songs with flourishes of organ, and allows the self-confessed ‘obnoxiously heavy’ sections to detonate freely.

Not ones to rest on their laurels, The Wytches admit a strong desire to erase and ‘switch up’ their sound with each album – plans are already afoot for a more intricate, more instrumentally diverse second record. Returning from Austin's SXSW Festival on a wave of praise from the likes of The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, FUSE, SPIN and Flavorwire, the band will continue touring extensively throughout 2014 – taking in the UK, Europe and the USA – while promoting Annabel Dream Reader and untethering a slew of singles beginning with a limited edition cassette, ‘Gravedweller’, their first for Partisan/Heavenly.
Harsh Vibes
Harsh Vibes
"…Into the airstream they drift between elegant figures bathed in shimmering distortion and distant gathering clouds of dark foreboding fueled by bottom-end pummel and throb. Mutant garage-blues drone verges into metal-psych sprouting bloomlets of atonal guitar squall. You awaken on the couch in a pool of drool, turn off the tube, put the roach in the ashtray and go to bed."
- Philadelphia Weekly
The Love Club
The Love Club
BACK FROM A YEAR LONG NAP!
The Love Club is a collective of musicians revolving around Kyle Press (Impressionist/Ohbree), and Mitch Esparza (Humanshapes,ME, (((taco)))).
MaJaKa The Wanderer once said that they sound of rolling thunder. WXPN's John Vettese has described them as sounding like Magnolia Electric Company fronted by James Chance. The Philadelphia Deli Blog said they sound like the whole Pulp Fiction Soundtrack condensed into a thirty minute set.
Previous line ups of the band have featured members of local acts: Far Out Fangtooth, Loose Tooth, The Morelings, Space Whale Orchestra, Creepoid, and Jesus Christ Goddamnit, as well as several others. This is their sixth Rebirth since their original formation in 2007. The band has been in hibernation since their previous guitar player was stationed in South Korea, and the other members sought opportunity to expand their other projects. If they were a mythical creature they would probably be a Phoenix that plays saxophone through a series of fuzz pedals.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147
http://www.bootandsaddlephilly.com