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Brighton, England (2008 – present)

Esben and the Witch is an indie rock trio from Brighton, England. The band members are Rachel Davies, Daniel Copeman and Thomas Fisher. They named themselves after a Danish fairytale.

Since forming in Brighton in 2008, Esben and the Witch have had just a few releases behind them including “Lucia, at the Precipice” from February 2010 - and have had positive press support from NME, Pitchfork Media and The Guardian, plus experience of concerts alongside Warpaint, The xx, Wild Beasts, Foals and The Big Pink.

In May 2010 the band contributed to the London edition of The Creators Project, warping one of 33’s tracks, “Corridors”, into an eighteen-minute soundscape to soundtrack artist Karl Sadler’s lit forest installation.

On October 19th 2010 it was revealed that the band were nominated for a Q Award as “next big thing”, pipped to the post by Clare Maguire at the Awards on October 25. The following day Matador Records announced the band’s debut album Violet Cries is to be released in January/February 2011.

The band were included in the BBC Sound of 2011 poll long-list, announced December 7th.


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  • faylander_

    new discovery BOOOM IN LOVE

    24 Jan 4:25pm Reply
  • exotic248

    female jim morrison! totally dig this vibe

    12 Jan 6:01am Reply
  • capeachino

    The Lexington gig blew me away -- they're fantastic live! I fucking lost it when they played The Fall from Glorieta Mountain, one of my absolute favourite songs. Here's hoping they'll play Bergen soon because I need more.

    31 Dec 2014 Reply
  • MihXeiCh

    I`m a Wolf! perfectly

    24 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Acidesia

    omg! they are so fucking good, i can't even explain what their music is to me, oh gosh

    23 Nov 2014 Reply
  • justine_tranter

    her voice is so beautiful!

    17 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Jonzo67

    Only heard the new album, but I love it. Tinges of like Swans/Isis style post-rock, but also PJ Harvey/My Brightest Diamond in the vocals. Really moody and yummy

    14 Nov 2014 Reply
  • TabooEv

    Their new EP is definitely worth checking out.

    2 Nov 2014 Reply
  • trent576

    amazing at simple things fest bristol!

    26 Oct 2014 Reply
  • breadysoul

    Wow! I haven't been able to get into them in the past, but A New Nature is really cool! Much more... I dunno... post-rock or even post-metalish in places. The vocals remind me of Chelsea Wolfe or even PJ Harvey to an extent.

    26 Oct 2014 Reply
  • nagchomper

    I LOVE EATW, but I just don't think this record is as good as the previous one. I have so much love for WTSNOTF, it got me through a lot, so maybe in due time this will too. They are an amazingly talented group of musicians, can't wait for their tour to come through town again.

    22 Oct 2014 Reply
  • p0rnographic

    A New Nature is sooooo amazing and powerful. Best album! [3]

    19 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Yakov_Golyadkin

    Love the way No Dog is built

    9 Oct 2014 Reply
  • isvollmer_

    bands with female voice<3 SO IMPORTANT, SO POWER

    8 Oct 2014 Reply
  • totekotze666

    I wish someone could upload the "And a New Life Blossoms from the Ruins" EP :( !!!

    8 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Gabriel_Opeth

    NO DOGS!

    6 Oct 2014 Reply
  • MarcusLMosnter

    I wish someone could upload the "And a New Life Blossoms from the Ruins" EP :(

    26 Sep 2014 Reply
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  • Charade69

    A New Nature is sooooo amazing and powerful. Best album! [2]

    13 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Electric__Frost

    Saw them in Bristol earlier tonight. These guys really are the shit.

    12 Sep 2014 Reply
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