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L.A. WITCH – Self Titled Album Review

L.A. WITCH – L.A.Witch

L.A. WitchCalifornian trio L.A. Witch are set to release their debut self-titled album on Sept 8th via Suicide Squeeze Records. The first track, Kill My Baby Tonight sets the scene with a nod to ‘60s garage music as the reverb drenched guitars are ably supported by a strong rhythm section all laying the foundation for some velvety vocals. The Jesus & Mary Chain vibe continues with the excellent Brian with it’s prominent bass line, pounding drumbeat, restrained guitar lick and vocals with a snarl all combining to produce a corker of a song!

The third track of the nine on the album is Untitled and it takes up the pace a notch or two with a great guitar sound that veers between smooth and raw! On You Love Nothing, L.A. Witch manage to marry the sound of the 13th Floor Elevators with The Ravonettes and that makes for a melody infused dark classic.

Drive Your Car rocks things up with a Joy Division-esque opening driven by the bass leading to a full on dirty power-chord section. The cover of Mazzy Star’s Baby In Blue Jeans is a slow burning song with L.A. Witch producing a grittier sounding version. The band slowly increase the pace on Feel Alright with its accessible chorus and catchy guitar hooks.

The penultimate song, Good Guys, displays some excellent vocal work layered on top of an urgent musical track. The closer Get Lost is four and a half minutes (almost!) of pure dripping psychedelic/garage goth that I loved – really neat stuff!

The debut album will be available on CD, digital formats, and 1500 LPs on translucent pink vinyl with a download card.  Grab it here: http://suicidesqueezerecords.tumblr.com/

See L.A. Witch live in the UK on the following dates:

18/9 – The Crofters Right, Bristol UK
19/9 – Sticky Mikes, Brighton UK
20/9 – Moth Club, London UK
21/9 – Mono, Glasgow UK
22/9 – Psych Festival, Liverpool UK

 

 

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