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The Witches


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There can be more than one band this this name. Namely:
*The Manchester, UK based band
*The Israeli girl rock band.
*The Ska-punk band from South Korea.
*The garage-rock tempest from Detroit, USA.

The Witches formed in Manchester, UK late 2007. The line up was Gib Lyn, Trebor Smith, Karl Starchild Astbury and Walt Gilbert. Mostat James joined the band adding keyboards and samples in 2009. (2 underscores!)

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“THE WITCHES have got to be one of Manchester’s most interesting and avant-garde bands right now. The spirit of grunge and garage is turned into a deviant cocktail of sawn off sonics and deliberate detuning. The guitar wears a frequent pitch-bending effect that wrangles the notes off-key, whilst splitting out the high frequencies. It’s loud and ear-damaging. There’s a chaos and at times a lot of distorted shouting. There is however a genius touch. The songs evolve, sometimes gently, sometimes suddenly, into focus. It may be a chorus with glorious four chord sequences or it might just be one occasional line of melody. It means their tunes occasionally surface from the stormy, intelligent fracas. The Witches, just on their value of sound alone, have created something truly unique. There are no real comparisons to be made here and they dig deep into the soul of hazy rock to create this entertaining disturbance. I’ve not heard a Witches record yet and I’m not sure how they’ll record this, but it will, I promise, be something special”.

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