In preparation for their first-ever US tour with METZ and Cloud Nothings, as well as their full-length debut Annabel Dream Reader (out August 26th), The Wytches have announced a limited edition 7″ with A-Side “Wire Frame Mattress” and B-Side “The Holy Tightrope.” 250 copies will be available on July 7th.
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, on August 25 (UK) / August 26 (US).
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.
06/21 – Amsterdam, NL @ Best Kept Secret
06/23 – Birmingham, UK @ The Institute
06/25 – London, UK @ ULU
06/26 – Oxford, UK @ O2 Academy
07/02 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre * #
07/03 – Seattle, WA – Neumos * #
07/04 – Victoria, BC – Upstairs Cabaret * #
07/05 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw * #
07/07 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall * #
07/08 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy * #
07/09 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy * #
07/10 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room *
07/11 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar *
07/12 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom *
07/14 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge *
07/15 – Lincoln, NE – Knickerbockers *
07/16 – Lawrence, KS – The Granada Theatre *
07/17 – St. Louis, MO – The Luminary *
07/21 – Toronto, ON – Drake Underground
07/23 – Boston, MA – Great Scott
07/24 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
07/25 – Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands
07/26 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
08/02 – Derbyshire, UK @ Y Not Festival
08/01 – North Yorkshire, UK @ Beacons Festival
08/30 – Dorset, UK @ End of the Road Festival
08/31 – Yorkshire, UK @ Bingley Music Live
09/07 – Isle of Wight, UK @ Bestival
09/14 – London, UK @ On Blackheath Festival
# = w/ METZ